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Want a great way for your kids to learn math and love it? How about trying to help them learn math using the Cool Fun Math 4 Kids? It's a great collection of games kids can have a lot of fun playing, ...

Want a great way for your kids to learn math and love it? How about trying to help them learn math using the Cool Fun Math 4 Kids? It's a great collection of games kids can have a lot of fun playing, while at the same time they will unveil the mysteries of mathematics. The variety of games is very large, so you don't have to worry about sticking to just a few games you'll juggle with so your kids don't get bored.

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4. These games are suitable for children of various degrees of intellect. They keep your child occupied while also doing something productive.

So what are you waiting for? Go get these games and watch as your child grows becoming a math genius!

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  • 1. 2www.coolmathgameskids.netThis eBook is proudly brought to you byAnna Perkins
  • 2. 3www.coolmathgameskids.netContents1. 2nd Grade Math2. 4th Grade Math Games3. Elementary Math Lesson Plans4. Homework Math5. Math Activities6. Math Assessment Test7. Math Elementary Worksheets8. Math Games9. Math Homework Help10. Math Lessons11. Fun math games 4 kids12. Why are math games effective?13. What research says?14. Selecting the right games for your kids:
  • 3. 4www.coolmathgameskids.net2nd Grade MathWhen it comes to looking for ways to help the secondgrader who lives in your house do better in school,there are two concepts that you can count on beingtrue and within those two concepts may lie the answerto your childs math problems. Those concepts are (1)your second grader may hate math but (2) they lovebeing on the internet and playing with the computer. In actual fact, your childdoesn’t really hate math itself. But the academic teaching of math at a secondgrade level often puts children off simply because math concepts are new tothem and the methods to teach them are sometimes dry and abstract.That second basic principle is one you no doubt had a loud amen to sharebecause you know your youngster loves to play on the home computer and be onthe internet. The reason that rule can be stated so confidently is that virtually allyoung people love computers and the fun they can have using online games andother resources modern technology has made available to us all. As parents, wehave to be wary so our kids are safe online and the amount the kids love to beonline can be a real frustration. But that same love of computers can be asalvation of your second graders math success in school if we use the internetintelligently and guide the kids to the right kind of web sites.There are ample web sites that take the basic math principles that secondgraders must deal with and integrates games, quizzes, puzzles and other funactivities to make the learning process far more enjoyable than the kidsexperience in the academic situation at school. Some of these sites still utilizestandard math quizzes and teaching styles but they do so on a colorful andinteractive screen. It really is amazing how much children at this age respond toeven something as basic as an online quiz when they can give the right answerand see a visual celebration or hear a happy tune when they get it right.Other math software products or online educational sites use more creativemath games that create interactive story problems that a math principle must beutilized to solve the puzzle and win the game. The depth and quantity of games,puzzles and story problems that sites like this will provide to your youngmathematician is just the thing to keep them coming back week after week.
  • 4. 5www.coolmathgameskids.netIn most cases there will be a menu of dozens of games and fun activities builtaround each basic math concept. Don’t be surprised if you leave your child toexplore that math idea only to find that they played every game on the site andwere eager to move on to next weeks lesson to have new toys to play with ontheir math gaming software or web sites. Also don’t be surprised that when yoursecond grader gets that kind of excitement about math because he or she isenjoying these web sites that you see their math grades shoot to the top and theirenjoyment and confidence in math become rock solid just like you always want itto be for them. That, to say the least, is an outstanding use of the internet.4th Grade Math GamesThe fourth grade is a big year for students in elementary school because it is theyear that the curriculum for math that they have ahead of them includes learningmultiplication and eventually division. While at the earlier grade levels, thestudents did begin to appreciate number relationships, that awareness of thedepth and the scope of the diversity of the math universe expands tremendouslywhen the students get an understanding of these two core math principles.Stepping from third to fourth grade is more than just a oneyear jump. It is the beginning of the childs reallysophistication of their knowledge of math. Parents andteachers of fourth graders who have been hands on inhelping the kids learn the very basic number principlesshould redouble those efforts in the fourth grade becausemany young people stall out trying to grasp the concepts ofmultiplication and division. And despite many new advances in learningmultiplication, there still is no substitute for memorizing the multiplicationtables to lay that groundwork for a lifetime of success in math.There are a number of helps that parents can use to move the process of gettingthose math tables down for their fourth grader just learning multiplication.Posters can be hung in the childs room that are colorful and that utilize theyoungsters favorite television star or cartoon characters as they surround thevarious tables that need to be memorized. Since children love to be read to, youcan find many age appropriate books where happy and comical characters workparts of the multiplication table into a story.
  • 5. 6www.coolmathgameskids.netThese are good small steps forward that put off the dreaded drilling with flashcards that is so difficult and is often a tedious method for learning these skills.It also helps to make the multiplication tables a fun part of family life by usingthem as a game in many situations. You can create songs of various tables tosing in the car on a long road trip. Or it can be a challenge game that calls on theyoungster to "think fast" when dad suddenly surprises him or her with "think fasteight times nine". The fun of turning those boring tables into a part of the fun offamily life is often all it takes to eventually get all of the tables under control.These are just a few simple methods that can be used to put off or avoidcompletely the specter of drilling using flash cards that everybody hates. Yourchilds fourth grade teacher may have many more interesting games that can beused to incorporate the multiplication tables into a fun activity. And that onlyscratches the surface because, like everything else, the internet is overflowingwith great online games that will do a great job of making the multiplicationtables roll off your fourth graders tongue like he was saying his name. Its just amatter of looking for creative and fun alternatives that can make even somethingboring like learning the math tables a happy and memorable experience forparents and child alike.Elementary Math Lesson PlansA lesson plan for teaching math to elementary school children must have twopriorities that seem to be at cross purposes. The plan must enable the teacherto be totally prepared not only for each days curriculum but to look down thecalendar for what will be needed by the students as thelessons build upon one another. In this way, the teachercan keep clearly delineated the lesson objectives that areimportant for that weeks work from the lesson prioritiesthat are crucial to understanding the more complex mathconcepts that are coming in the weeks ahead.At the same time the lesson plan must have built into it asmuch flexibility as possible for the instructor to adapt theplan and make changes on the fly as the class needs dictate. If the teacherperceives that the class is advanced and taking to the lessons extraordinarilywell, he or she must be able to make adjustments to the lesson plans to takeadvantage of the aptitudes of the students.
  • 6. 7www.coolmathgameskids.netSimilarly if there is remedial work that needs to be done, the lesson plans mustallow for the teacher to slow down on certain key concepts and even allow moreclass sessions to those ideas so the material doesn’t race ahead of theelementary schools students ability to keep up.As the school year approaches, many elementary school teachers becomeconcerned if their math curriculum lessons plans will fit both of those objectives.The preparation time is nothing short of crucial because to stand in front of aclassroom of elementary school youth with no roadmap to follow will result in acatastrophe. That moment of truth when you look up from your carefullydeveloped lesson plan at that sea of 20-30 young faces that you need to bothteach as well as inspire and motivate tolerant math is a time when you really geta feel for whether that lesson plan is grounded in reality.Probably the best way to fine tune your math lesson plan is towork with seasoned teachers or even take a year before youtake on math as part of the curriculum you teach and work in aclassroom with an experienced teacher to get a good feel forthe relationship between that lesson plan and how the teacherconducts the class.The lesson plan is a master strategy for teaching. But it is also a basic outlinethat you as teacher must be able to deviate from to meet the needs of the classto assure that the teaching objectives are met.It will take time to develop lesson plans that are put together well enough tocarry you for an entire semester of teaching math to elementary school studentsand achieve your learning objectives and still stay ontrack week to week. It will take time, wisdom and somethought to fine tune those lessons plans until they areguides that really will work. But once you have a set ofworking lesson plans for math and the other subjectsyou will teach at the elementary school level, they willbe gold to you as you use them over and over each year.
  • 7. 8www.coolmathgameskids.netHomework MathAs parents it is hard to find ways to help your kids be successful in getting theirhomework done. Then problem is compounded when the subject is mathbecause of all the subjects, math can be the most challenging and difficult to ayoung person. In many ways math is like a foreign language because the ideasare abstract and expressed in relationships between numbers and mathconcepts. So anything you can do to make it easy for your child to settle in andtackle challenging math homework will be a great help to him or her.One thing that helps a child or teenager get used to theidea of getting that homework done each night is a setschedule for when homework will be done. Young peoplethrive on routine and if they know what to expect eachevening, the time to do homework will become a naturalpart of the evening. It is best to think through when thebest time is for the homework. Right after the child gets home from school maynot be perfect because it takes some time to settle in and be in a good mentalstate to take on homework. Often a time right after supper but before anyrecreation time is a good choice because the child is refreshed and theanticipation of fun helps them get through the tough work of doing their mathassignments.However it will pay to show some flexibility in this schedule. Ifthe child has a social engagement on a particular evening thatconflicts with the designated math homework, that is a goodtime to agree to allow the youngster to do their homeworkimmediately after school to get it out of the way.The student will be motivated to do well so they can have the fun of the outingthat lies ahead. Also be careful not to forgive the Friday night homework time bysuspending it until some "promised time" over the weekend. If that system istried, the student must follow through on their promise or future negotiationscannot happen.Along with a defined time when the homework will be done, parents should thinkthrough where in the home the homework will be done. The room should be aquiet place free of distractions. However, many young people do poorly if leftalone to do their homework because they get lonely or distracted.
  • 8. 9www.coolmathgameskids.netIt might be a good plan to have the youngster do their homework in the familyoffice or at a table where mom or dad are also working on paperwork. Thatestablishes a working environment but the youth has a parent there to help out ifthey get stuck.Parents have to walk a line between being partners and enforcers of the houserules particularly when it comes to helping the youngster get their math workdone. But if the system is reliable and something the youth knows will be part oftheir evening, the sense of fulfillment of completing that homework and going toschool prepared and informed for class the next day will become a feeling theylook forward to having at the end of each successful math homework session.Math ActivitiesChildren and even teenagers often do not know how often math concepts occurin daily life. If they did have a greater appreciation of how practical math is on adaily basis, they would not complain so often how boring their math lessons areor how useless it is to learn some particularly abstract math idea. One way tohelp kids make that connection between real life and math ideas is to look foractivities you can do with the kids that will put those math ideas towork in an active way. If you can pull off the activityand make it fun and fascinating, you will see thelook of amazement when you reveal that they justlearned or used an important math concept in avery real way.Many math concepts like set theory, volume, weight andrelative sizes can be easily demonstrated with reallife comparisons. Weight can be quickly understood bysimply putting four or five items of similar size on the table andplaying "guess the weight" for each one. After the kids try with varying digress ofsuccess to figure out the relative weights, a scale can reveal the actual weights.If you as the master of ceremonies of the game then demonstrate some mathaptitude by discussing the weights in relative terms (percentage of weights,weight to size ratios, etc.), the kids will admire your ability to compute thosevalues and a stimulating math discussion can occur because suddenly mathbecame very real.
  • 9. 10www.coolmathgameskids.netMany games are also great math exercises. In fact, with a little internetresearch, you can find many games that you can introduce simply for the fun of itonly to reveal much later that the game called for the kids to use appliedmathematics to do well with that game. Other games where numberrelationships are important such as Sudoku and Yahtzee call up on the kids tolearn to compute math answers in their heads and learn to appreciate mathbased relationships naturally and easily. The important thing is to point out howthe family play time exercised math ideas and it was great fun.By being alert to learning circumstances in real life, you can ask your children toparticipate in impromptu math exercises based on something you encounteredtogether. Many geometry ideas come about easily when you observe in naturetriangles and other geometric shapes and how those shapes influence theusefulness of the item. Kids will even take notice when you compute the tip in arestaurant in your head because you know the formula for figuring out 10% or15% (or whatever you tip) of the bill to compute the tip. They will want that skillthemselves and that turns a dinner out into math homework time.Math Assessment TestOf the many areas of study a young person takes on in elementary and thensecondary school, math is perhaps the one that is of greatest concern for parentsand teachers alike in terms of assuring the students grasp the subject and movealong with the material in step with the curriculum. Unlike history or many othertopics, math is heavily structured so the students must understand eachmathematical concept along the way because each lesson is a building block forthe next one.So when you have a student at any level of the academichierarchy that is approaching a new school year and withit a new level of complexity in their math skills, it isimportant to know that the young person is wellgrounded in the basics of their math knowledge so theydo not start at a deficit of knowledge when the instructorgets the class moving on the new curriculum. A math assessment test is just thething to make that determination and to discover early on if there is a need forany remedial training so the student doesn’t walk into class already behind theother students in his or her math development.
  • 10. 11www.coolmathgameskids.netThere is nothing more discouraging and frightening to a young student than to sitin a math class without the background education that he or she needs and tolisten to a lesson that there is no possibility of understanding without those coremathematical principles well understood by the student. Many times studentswill hide their lack of knowledge from the teacher and their parents so weekafter week they fall further and further behind. It doesn’t take long before thesituation is a crisis which could have been avoided if the childs parents hadsimply utilized a good assessment process to make sure the young person wasready for the new academic year in mathematics.It isn’t difficult to find grade appropriate assessment tests to measure where thestudent is in his or her knowledge of fundamental math concepts. Many arepublished by commercial book sellers so you can access them at a book store oron Amazon and get the assessment to your child quickly. There are also onlineassessment sites that can do the same job for a reasonable fee. Often these arepreferable because the child enjoys working an internet testing software systemmore than working from a book.The academic counselor at your childs school can also provide assessmentopportunities and follow up with tutoring or remedial math classes that can betaken to get the young student up to speed with their grade level before week oneof class begins. This is an excellent step to take the summer before the nextgrade level to prepare for the next step in the childs academic life.Math Elementary WorksheetsAny study in the best way to prepare children to be competitive academically andeventually in a competitive world comes to the same conclusion that mathpreparedness is central to achieving that goal. You only have to look at who isexcelling in higher education to see that our educational system is not preparingstudents to be competitive in the advanced scientific and technical areas. Part ofthe reason for that is that children at an early age must develop a comfort leveland even a love of math to go on to success in these technical areas ofspecialized study. Math is the cornerstone of that future success.As a parent, it falls to us to take it upon ourselves to help our children do betterthan they are expected to do by the academic system that is charged with theireducation. This is especially true if your children are in public school.
  • 11. 12www.coolmathgameskids.netBecause public schools must accept and teach a huge diversity of children, thecurriculums are designed to be understandable for children who are wellprepared for harder material or for those that are not. The phrase "dumbeddown" is one way of describing the math curriculums of most public schools.But rather than complain about it, as parents, there are ways you can step inand "smart up" that math curriculum in cooperation with your childselementary school teacher.It takes a commitment at the parental level to help your child see the priority andthe value of putting extra work into their math curriculum, especially if you setout to set a higher standard of achievement than the school has defined. It is notdifficult to come up with the material. Most math lesson plans are purchasedfrom educational publishing houses. If you look at your childrens math books ortalk to the teacher, very often those materials have supplemental worksheetsthat can be accessed through the internet.These additional materials are provided for teacher and parents alike to help outif a student needs remedial help. But additional math worksheets can beadapted into a program that you and the teacher can partner on to give your childthat extra boost to lay a firm math groundwork that will benefit them throughouttheir academic careers.One benefit of bringing your childs teacherin on the plan is that the children can berewarded academically for the extra effortthey put in at home completing thesupplemental worksheets.That incentive plus the extra attention from parents each evening will let yourkids know that success in math is a priority that will pay them handsomely bothin the short term and over time.
  • 12. 13www.coolmathgameskids.netMath GamesWhen you think about it, games are just a way to incorporate fun into anylearning experience. And when it comes to a somewhat dry topic like math,games are a perfect way to make lesson time go by more quickly and to helpeach new math concept more understandable for the student in your home.Many times parents are as baffled and intimidated as the kids are when theycome home with math homework0. So if your childs teacher sends along gamesthat make each lesson more interesting and understandable, that’s a huge leapforward.Games that make math enjoyable are not "dumbing down"the discipline of math. If anything, they are using math in theway that makes the most sense, in an applied situation.Games take an abstract math idea and make it usable andconcrete by putting it into a challenge that tickles the mindwith a scenario or a puzzle while making the math principlespring to life. That is one reason games are by far one of thebest teaching techniques that any math teacher can use. And they are greatways for you as parents to help your kids "sink their teeth" into math.If the teacher of your son or daughters math class does not send home at leastone or two games to match up with each new math concept, it may not be theteachers fault. Math textbooks are notoriously dry and often the homework thatis sent home is nothing more than various abstract formulas using the new mathidea with nothing concrete for the student to use as a point of contact to the idea.So if the math teaching aids did not come with games, the teacher may not havehad the time to look for good games to add to the homework or he or she may beconstrained to only use the homework that was provided.But that doesn’t mean you as a parent are so constrained. The internet isbursting with homework help web sites that you can often access for free or for areasonable fee. By tapping into a section of a math tutorial web site that fits yourchilds curriculum, you can find activities to fit each and every lesson or mathidea. Using these supplemental materials, you can design a system fro you touse at home to get the kids over their math phobia and help you past those fearsas well.
  • 13. 14www.coolmathgameskids.netYou can use the games you find as a reward for doing the preliminary work ofreading the material, discussing it with the parent who is becoming the childsmath tutor and trying a few homework problems. Then when a serious effort hasbeen made, the games can begin. The enjoyable part of the game will be madebetter because the student took on the problems beforehand. As anunderstanding of the math principle comes upon your child, that "ah ha" momentwill be precious. Then the student can finish their math homework with ease.The math concept is well entrenched in his or her brain and the student goes toschool prepared and confident each day. That is the kind of program that makemath a favorite subject rather than the one your child and you dread each year.Math Homework HelpThere may not be a formal "phobia" for thefear you may feel set in when you get a bigmath homework assignment to take homebut there should be. Of all of the subjectareas students face in school, often it ismath that strikes the most fear for lots ofreasons. The new math concepts come fast and furious during a semester ofmath instruction. You can be on top of the world one week and following theprogression of ideas quite well only to find yourself hopelessly lost the nextweek.When you fall into the "hopelessly lost" category, coming home with a long mathhomework assignment to face down alone can be a terrifying idea. You know youhave to try to tackle that homework. But you feel intimidated, lost and frightenedwhich leads to procrastination. This is a cycle that will not end well. One solutionmay be to open the book and read the chapter over and over in hopes you get abreakthrough.If that works, you are one of the lucky ones. But if you were lost in class, theproblem is probably much worse when you are alone with your homeworkassignment and that textbook that might as well be written in ancient Sanskritfor all the good it is to you. Instead of beating yourself up about the math issuesyou have, there has to be a better way. The better way is to find someone to giveyou some help and get you back "in the groove" as to where you are in your mathassignments.
  • 14. 15www.coolmathgameskids.netObviously you want to find the path of least resistance in getting some help. Yournetwork of immediate friends is a good resource. Someone you know well mayunderstand this particular assignment. Don’t be afraid to approach that friendfor study date to pick his or her brain. In addition to the help you get, its mucheasier to do tough homework with a friend than to face it alone. But if you cantfind the help in your inner circle of trusted friends, think about the other kids inthe class and which ones always seem to know what the heck is going on. One ofthem may be willing to tutor you.It might seem like a your least favorite place to go for help but there are twoplaces you can go that are easy to get to, free and who want you to be a success.That is your parents or your teachers. Too many students are afraid to go to theteacher after class to admit that you just don’t understand the assignment. Butthe teacher will be thrilled you were willing to seek help and if anything, reachingout for help can only help your final grade.Similarly, you may fear getting yelled at if you go to your parents for help. Butthey would far rather help you than see you fail. Your parents may be closetmath whizzes and you just didn’t know. But even if they arent, they will bewilling to get you the help you need. Better to swallow your pride and go to oneof these sources than to sit and suffer with "math phobia" which only leads tofrustration and potential failure.Math LessonsWhen it comes to the academic study of math that all students working their waythrough their elementary or secondary education must have, it is easy to start towonder if there is a law somewhere that math lessons have to be boringand dry. While there really is no academic requirement for math tobe a subject that kills the soul while educating the mind, in manypublic and even private school situations, math is one of thetopics that becomes an ordeal for students to getthrough.It doesn’t have to be this way. Much of how the students feel about math comesfrom the instructor. Any real math enthusiast would take extreme offense at thevery idea that math is boring.
  • 15. 16www.coolmathgameskids.netIf the teacher of the math class is not someone who is passionate about thesubject, the teacher is going to be disinterested in the teaching of math and willtreat it as though he or she was teaching on variations of the color grey. Theinstructors lack of interest will be passed to the student which could kill manyyoung peoples love of math entirely.It is important at the administration of the school to see math as a topic thatneeds to be taught as a fundamental life skill by an instructor who lives andbreathes math ideas. If the instructor is passionate about the topic andconsiders math to be the most exciting area of study in the world, that passionwill be passed to the students. While it may not convert every student into amath fanatic, it will make the kids enjoy their time in math class and the job oflearning important math skills will be much easier than if math is tedious andpainful to get through.Parents and educators can work together to make sure mathdoes not become something students come to dread. Asparents, its good to look inward to find out if you have "mathphobia" because your attitude toward the subject could bepassed to your child.If you have a negative attitude about math that you may have picked up on whenyou were young, it’s a good idea to address that as an adult so your enthusiasmfor math is not phony when you are trying to inspire your children on to betterperformance in this important area of their studies.Along with giving the math students in your life plenty of encouragement andsupport, there are lots of ways to make math fun. Math games and puzzles andmath based online adventures can take each math idea and turn it into anexciting exploration for each child. Parents can also work with the schooladministration to hold math fairs where many math based games and socialevents can change the perception of math and make it one of the "cool things" todo. That effort to make math interesting and valued to your kids will pay off in abig way throughout their academic career and on into their adult lives as well.
  • 16. 17www.coolmathgameskids.netFun math games 4 kidsMost kids like playing video games because they are fun and gives them a greatadrenalin rush. If we can make this practice of them advantages, whereas theywould learn while they play, you will find great ways to make their play timeproductive. That is the main motto of fun math games 4 kidsWhy are math games effective?As a child approaches level after level in a gaming platform, they feel themselvesto be improving on the subject which is a very difficult feeling to be induced byplain teaching methods. When a kid feels the improvement from within, they thento keep going at it for a much longer time, hence, they get to spend more timelearning, which isnt the case, otherwise.The other reason is that fun math games provide instant results which can bevery advantageous. Most of the time, when a child scored an A in his/her class,the adrenalin rush that he/she has at that moment to outdo others in the class ishigh but wears down in time. In games, they get an instant result which givesthem a feel of achieving A in their scorecard and gives them an enthusiasm tokeep going.What research says?Math games have positive impact on how students look at the subject.All the reports show either an improvement in their score or maintenance of thesame grade but none shows a decrease in scores.A research conducted by Seigler and Ramani indicates that playing number linegames helps students improve in:
  • 17. 18www.coolmathgameskids.net• Identifying numerals• Counting• Comparing number magnitudes• Understanding a numberAll in all, playing math games has many positive aspects and proven results tobe taken out of contest.Selecting the right games for your kids:This is the most important aspect for you to consider as a parent/guardian.Choosing the right games for your kids depending on their attributes and gradelevel will provide better results than just playing a random game.Here on our website, we help you make this decision simpler. All the mathgames are categorized according to the grade level and you can also see adetailed description on the topics the game covers. So, you can choose a gamedepending on the topics or the grade level your child is in. For example, for a 4thgrader, playing Multiplication Baseball would be the right option as that is one ofthe topics that he has to prepare for as per his curriculum.Every game has been tested throughout to have apositive learning curve of the topic and containenough level to take the learning at a slow buteffective pace. By the end of every game, you can besure that your child has a good grasp on the topic thegame was on.We have a huge collection of games based on all the topics starting from Numbersense, Multiplication, word games, geometry etc. You can be sure that you canfind games on any topic here. So, anytime your child is having problem with aspecific topic, all you have to do is, find a game specific to that topic and haveyour child play it. At the end of the game, you can be sure that your child will havea better grasp of the topic. This is an advantage that you can get from fun mathgames 4 kids.
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  • 19. 20www.coolmathgameskids.netMath ManipulativeThe earlier you get young children into the process of learning math concepts,the better. The problem with coming up with good teaching methods to introducemath ideas to the young is that math is by nature an abstract field of study.However, children do not develop their abilities to think in abstract ways untilthey mature. Children connect to the world in very concrete ways. So we have togive children things they can see, hear and touch to learn math if we hope to besuccessful. But it is a worthwhile effort because getting an early start on mathwill help that young student do well throughout their academic career fromkindergarten to graduate school.Using objects to illustrate mathematical principles is an outstanding teachingtechnique because young children love to manipulate blocks, piece of string orjust about any object. That act of touching the object and moving them arounduses the natural tendency of the very young to be visual and tactile learners.Amazingly, you can get much more success showinga math idea to a child using three dimensional blocksthan showing the child pictures of blocks in the sameconfigurations. Something about being able to touchthe illustration and play with it captivates the mindsof these young students and opens those youngminds up for learning.Set theory and the base system are formalized words for concepts you wouldwith youngsters to learn early on. Set theory is easy to illustrate usingmanipulatives because you can use just about any group of objects to organizethem on a table to show various sets of like items. You can lay out three sets ofdifferent colored balls, poker chips or blocks and show that while set one mighthave all green objects and set two has all blue objects, set three has red, blueand green objects. So the child can quickly see the need to create sets of all likeobjects. This very simple exercise lays the groundwork for formal set theorytraining later in their education.The base system is something we teach children at an early age although wedon’t call it that. The fact that the child is taught base ten because of theirpresence of 10 fingers lays the basic ideas of how base 10 works. You can take apile of pennies and stack them in groups of ten and quickly illustrate how tengroups of ten make 100.
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