Welcome to Ms. Lee's Classroom where You Will Learn ALL Matters of Math!
Garland, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2012
Canaa Lee, founder of the EDUKATE Academy states reading, writing and arithmetic are the three most essential skills a child needs to master. Schools spend a lot of time on literacy, making sure children can read so they are able to communicate effectively with others. From the very first day of school, reading and writing are constantly reinforced, from the ABCs to identifying colors and words. But what about the arithmetic?
From Lee’s experience, she believes many students are good readers and advanced writers, but have a really hard time with mathematics. Why is this so? Is math and English created equally? How much time is spent ensuring a child is numerate? If schools spent as much time on mathematics as they did on reading and writing, students would not perform so poorly and have such a fear of numbers.
Lee states it is expected that every child can count backwards and forwards like they recite the alphabet. Here are some questions one should ponder? Are children able to add, subtract, multiply and divide without a calculator? Do children cringe at the thought of fractions? These are skills that are imperative to a child’s success in school. When these skills are not reinforced and mastered on a consistent basis, then students usually struggle with mathematics throughout their entire educational careers. What can be done to boost a child’s numeracy?
EDUKATE Academy shares some things parents can do to strengthen, to reinforce and to enhance their child’s math skills that can be a “super star” in mathematics. Buy literature that tells a story involving math, involve math in day to day activities, buy multiplication flash cards, play board games like Uno or Monopoly. Incorporating these fun-filled mathematics activities not only makes children a math whiz in school, but gives them quality time with the family.
Lee also states that one of the biggest problems in mathematics is students are not exposed to enough “math stories.” Students hear a plethora of fictitious stories to help them with grammar. How about using literature to teach basic math concepts? Find stories that talk about counting, problem solving and basic arithmetic. The more they read about it, the more comfortable they will be around numbers.
EDUKATE Academy states children should be numerate as well as literate. Committing basic mathematics facts to memory is the single important skill a child can master. Students struggle in algebra and higher mathematics courses because of their deficiencies in basic computational skills. A solid foundation in number sense does a world of good for a child’s success in algebra and beyond.
Furthermore, Lee states numeracy is more than just mastering computational skills. Critical thinking is a skill that is virtually nonexistent. Helping children to think critically about a mathematics situation helps them perform well on standardized tests. In addition, it also helps students become better decision makers and become more responsible, productive adults.
So the next time parents are in the grocery store or sitting at the dinner table, stop and think of how they can incorporate a little math. “Trust me, teaching a little lesson now will help any child become the math superstar they were always meant to be”.
For more information please contact the EDUKATE Academy at 972-666-4900.