Published at Tuesday, 01 December 2020. Worksheets. By Xavierra Arnaud.
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?
By the time they reach first grade, kids should be ready to move beyond simple math concepts such as number recognition and counting and begin learning to add and subtract numbers of varying values. Online math games for first graders introduce these concepts in a fun, adaptive environment that sets kids up for success as they progress through first grade and beyond. Traditional teaching methods have a lot of merit, which is why textbooks, worksheets and chalkboards persist in today has classrooms. Along with engaging and effective teaching methods, these tools can provide kids with the building blocks that they need in many subjects throughout their early school careers. But with technology now being an integral part of everyday life, it can be beneficial to add math games for first graders to the elementary school curriculum. Including an interactive online learning experience not only boosts kids has mathematical proficiency, it also helps them to learn the basic computer skills necessary to achieve success in today has society. And though math games may move at a quicker pace than traditional classroom instruction, they still require kids to focus and pay attention to lessons so that basic skills can be mastered and concepts properly understood before more advanced ideas are introduced.
Know the author has background. This person needs to have a background in education and, ideally, should be trained in the latest educational methods, like brain-based teaching/learning. I personally would never use any materials with my child that did not specifically mention being "brain-based." I am not talking about just "research-based." I see more and more sites claiming to have research-based materials, but what I find is definitely NOT based on how the brains actually learns. Brain-based learning is relatively new in the educational world, but most worksheet sites and materials are using old science or, more often, no science at all.
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