Many parents and children are predisposed to fear math, and even panic at the mention of the words ‘Common Core Math’, mostly due to the things they read online, and how students and parents complain about math.
You might be lucky to live in a state where Common Core Math is not mandatory, but the District of Columbia and 42 other states direct that children going into school be taught math in a way that is very unfamiliar to their parents and the older generation.
How can you prepare your kids for this Common Core Math when you do not know much about it? Read on, and we will explain how your child will benefit from the method of learning, and tips on how to make the process easier for them.
What is Common Core Math?
If you are hearing about it for the first time, there is no need to panic. Common Core is simply a system devised to educate children in an orderly manner, and ensure that they are all academically at the same level at each stage. The system is aimed at a long term goal; getting children prepared for their future in college, and their different careers.
With Common Core, your children will have to do less of memorizing different formulas and rules, and more of understanding how they arrive at the solution.
The aim of the methodized teaching is to help children understand math better. Children will learn why math rules are the way that they are; rather than simply memorizing different formulas to call to mind when needed. Students will be tasked with their understanding of the math problem they are solving, and not the speed with which they solve the problem.
Your child’s first learning is in the home. Although you will send your child off to school to expose them to new things and improve their learning, there are many things you can do at home to make their learning process easier.
- Help your kids count in 10’s and higher by grouping familiar items, and other visuals.
- Use items from around the house to help your children practice counting. They can count their toys as they put them away. Count how many pieces of carrot are in their plate at lunch, etc.
- Use familiar items and scenarios to explain addition and subtraction to your children. Help them practice adding or subtracting small numbers when you go to the grocery store, or prepare manipulatives for them to work with.
- Children learn best when they are interested in whatever they are working on. Introduced them to gamified learning that improves their math skills.
- Use free printable math worksheets to your kids to help them practice their math in a visually appealing way.
If you have heard about Singapore Math, Common Core Math shares some traits with the former. Singapore Math strives to help kids learn math in a more realistic way, with visual applications and real life examples.
If you live in a state where the Common Core Math does not apply to, the learning method and these tips will still be beneficial to your kids. It is better for your child if they understand the math problems they are solving, as opposed to simply cramming a bunch of formulas and rules in their heads. To find more about math for preschoolers check out this blog for parents.
Even if this method is not mandatory for your child, introduce them to the method, and help them achieve success in school.