Published at Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Kids Worksheet. By Berdine Allard.
When I diagnose what the problem is, it is virtually always either they do not know their multiplication tables or, more often, they do not know how to work with fractions. I teach the upper grades in my school, yet I continue to see kids who do not even have basic algebra skills in place. As a parent, I am very aware of what my own children are learning in school. For the most part, I have been happy with their progress, but as they rise in grade level, I am starting to see more emphasis on a loose understanding of the concepts and less emphasis on skills-particularly skills with arithmetic of fractions.
Among the dozen or so math word-problem books of note published in the past decade, one, written by Mary Jane Sterling, from a well-known, popular brand of information books, which I am unable to name here, stands out. The publisher has put a decent chunk of the book online at books.Google.com (go to books.Google.com and search for sterling word problems). If you are considering arranging extra math drills for your child, keep in mind that story problems are more like the real-life problems he or she will encounter, and, they help develop his or her critical-thinking skills. Children develop mental maturity like they do physical maturity. Think about the strikingly different mental development that ordinary math worksheets might foster in comparison to math word problems.
Today we all know that benefits of math are considerable. Math is not a subject one learns by reading the problems and solutions. American children have very little practice with multi-step problems, and very few opportunities to think their way in to and through problems that do not look like all the others. With a packed curriculum and the increased emphasis on testing, our children are taught tons of procedures - but procedures disconnected from when to use them, and why. Sustained thinking - the key ingredient to math success - is painfully absent in too many math classes.
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