Published at Monday, 02 September 2019. Kids Worksheet. By Damien Fabre.
For seven years I have watched my beautiful son hunched over math worksheets. He finds little enjoyment from them and I had rather see him chasing butterflies. They have certainly helped his Math performance at school and he is top of his class, but I wonder if the effort has been worth it in the big scheme of things. He is currently solving about 100 polynomials per day. Man, he can really solve polynomials, and fast. But for what? His arithmetic skills are awesome but when presented with a math story problem, he falls apart, helpless. No matter how many times I suggest that he read the problem carefully, note down the givens, assign names to intermediate and final values,form equations, activate his engine (brain).
Verbal problems allow you to practice your knowledge of mathematics in problems of everyday life and school problems. Problems train understanding, translation into the mathematical language (e.g. equations), solve it, check the accuracy and solution discussion. "Practice makes perfect!" This is true even in math! If you want to become better at working math problems, you have to practice working math problems!
There are some new materials being developed now based on what we are learning about how the brain learns. These brain-friendly materials should be an improvement over what has existed. I recently bought a book by Marcia L. Tate titled Mathematics Worksheets Do Not Grow Dendrites. I highly recommend her book. She gives a great deal of information on alternative activities that are better for your child has brain development and for learning. No matter what materials you choose, it is most important that you supervise your child constantly so that mistakes get caught rather than practiced. I learned this particular lesson the hard way.
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