In the past everyone will remember how it was during math class; you watched the teacher solve a sum on the board and did your best to understand it and then copy down the exact method with a fear that is the method was wrong you would not get a good grade during exams. However, the same method of solving a math problem wasn’t always the right method for everyone. This is what math enrichment centres are beginning to understand today. These centres test the child in advance so as to know the level at which they currently are and they help them choose a method of solving problems that is most suited to the students. Here are a few methods of solving math problems that your child will likely learn if enrolled in a math enrichment centre.
Problem Solving Strategy
This method is used in the case of word problems. The child asks a series of questions and finds those answers in the word problem provided and is able to solve the sum easily. The questions that the child asks includes
- What is known or given?
- What information do you need?
- Draw a diagram or a picture that represents the problem.
In this method the child will first label the variables in the sum. They then move forward to make a verbal model with the use of logical reasoning. This is then converted into an algebraic model which can be solved and the answer can be checked.
Solving Word Problems
Word problems can be solved in a number of ways. Another method for solving word problems includes the child identifying what is being asked; strategize what is needed for that sum; write down the equation; answer the question and then recheck.
Guess and Check Strategy
In this method the sum can be solved mentally and you guess the answer this is then checked to see if it matches the requirements.
Find a Pattern
This method is usually used at the intermediate level where there are questions that require you to guess what the next number in the series will be or to choose the shape that would come next. In these types of sums it is essential that the child finds the right pattern or relationship in the series.
Opposed to popular belief all these methods are equally right when it comes to solving math problems.
The why factor
It all starts with the many parents who say that early education indeed is an obstacle to the growth of a happy kid. Most parents feel that kindergarten school is like stuffing the kid with books and knowledge. However, this is a misconception. Gone are the days where students are suddenly bombarded with alphabets to phonetics and numeric to language. The current education system has evolved from a phase of studying to fun learning.
It helped the early school education or the kindergarten schools to gain a lot of prominence when it comes to helping kids acquire an overall development. Many scientific councils from across the globe proved from their study on child development that a child can grasp things and acquire complex skills at the tender preschool age rather than the later. This clearly mentions that basic education with strong foundation and ease of learning should be started at the right age.
Impact on children –
Children will always find an ocean of opportunities from nowhere. If you leave them in the empty field of mud, they make toys. If you put them together without stimuli, they’ll create their own game and have a blas. Enroll them into a class of adults and they draw attention. Every possible corner of their mind is made out exceptionally creative and covered with skills. As a parent and as a teacher, it is your responsibility to sharpen that creativity and un-cover their skills to push them into the world and let them stand always a cut above the rest.
And when does one do that? At every stage and phase of a kid’s life. Understanding the change in scenarios and system of education, one should be open to the abundant options available in helping the system to transform these kids to better citizens tomorrow. In the early days, early education was limited to learning things from books and presenting it in an assessment. No! Nowadays, to learn the basic ABCs is also made fun and effective so that the student learns something from their class at the end of the day.
Practices that are making a difference –
Most schools make it a part of their curriculum to have a syllabus that helps them to compete with the life the kids are going to face in future. The day starts with a nice meditation and a little exercise. It rejuvenates and removes that little lazy feeling a morning holds. Then, slowly, the class starts with something creative like an art – it could be singing, dancing or even painting. It helps the kid get prepared for the lessons they are going to take up for the rest of the day.
The practices change from class to class with subject to subject where a student learns most from teacher, group practice and individual learning. A nap in the afternoon kicks away their crankiness. Meanwhile, the story sessions are to induce values, morals and ethics right from the tender age.