Published at Thursday, 03 December 2020. Worksheets. By Adilene Roger.
Many teachers do not appear to know how to harness the power of play to effectively lead children to an understanding of math concepts. This is hardly surprising as teachers strive to meet externally imposed targets with little emphasis or guidance given on how to implement play based learning in the math class. The text book and worksheet rule the day. Until schools are allowed more freedom to adopt a more child-centered approach children will continue to struggle in math and many will ultimately disengage from learning altogether. Is this the fate your child could face? More to the point, are you prepared to take that risk?
Math is a basic subject and hence, it is included in the curriculum from the kindergarten level. However, doing math is not at all a good experience for all students. The subject needs more concentration and step-by-step understanding. Students cannot follow the same methodology for math preparation as they generally do for other subjects including geography, chemistry, physics and others. Math needs more practice and this is one of the subjects in which students can score well and improve their overall grades in exams. This subject has broad real life applications from purchasing groceries to maintaining bank transactions. We use math everywhere. We start learning math from our childhood days, for example counting flowers and birds with our parents. Moreover, some students face difficulties while solving math and to overcome these learning problems, some steps are discussed below.
Teaching equations to kindergarten children needs to be a hands on activity using tangible resources where children can explore, experiment and self correct. At this age, printed workbooks and worksheets should be avoided and manipulative materials used instead. So bring out all the counters, figurines, shapes and blocks you can find because this is the way in which this age group of children learn best. A simple game with a dice and counters can teach equations. Throw the dice and put out the required number of counters. Throw again and do the same. Then physically put all of the counters together to show one group and count them again (addition).
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