Here are some tips to score full marks in Mathematics paper.
With schools closed due to Covid-19 and no clear timelines on students returning to their classrooms, learning must be ongoing and practical. These are extraordinary times for parents as they are presented with a challenge to transform this distressing time into a learning opportunity for their kids stuck at home with time on their hands. Great Plague hit London in 1665, at that time Isaac Newton was in his early twenties.
Much like the current scenario, Newton’s alma mater sent students home as a precautionary measure. Isaac Newton developed some of his most profound theories while he stayed at home for almost a year.
Isaac Newton can be the perfect inspiration for parents to engage their children in creative projects, which enhance critical thinking and improve Math skills. They can turn this distressful time into an opportunity for engaging their children with new types of learning.
Mathematics and its applications are one of the important subjects in school education and most of the students face difficulty in understanding the concepts. Parents can use this time wisely by improving their math skills and concepts through various fun activities at home.
Most of the children below the age of 10 years, can be aligned to use practical Math in their day-to-day activities can help them enhance their reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Strategies to improve your math skills:
1. Ask your child to help you with cooking where estimating the amount of water and spices needed to cook will help them understand measurements.
2. Use household items, such as toothpicks, sticks, or paper to construct shapes.
3. Use cash memos and receipts to teach your child about money, budgets, and estimation.
Students are already familiar with the basics taught at the school, parents can just assist and help them keep up with it.
4. Similar to homework given in school, give your child a home assignment about the concept learned during the day.
5. Encourage mental math, so that your child’s brain is quick, sharp and efficient. This makes them a better problem-solver.
6. Read books with mathematical themes to your child.
7. Play Rapid Fire games asking them tables, formulas and mental maths questions which will enhance their problem-solving abilities and speed.
8. Math-related riddles are always a familiar and creative option for the parents to introduce new and quick methods of problem-solving which will reflect and help them in dealing with day to day situations and activities.
9. Give them all the space to make mistakes as it creates new opportunities for deeper understanding, and always show a positive attitude whenever they make mistakes.
10. Encourage, Acknowledge, and praise their effort and persistence whenever they succeed in a particular task. These help in building their problem-solving and self-esteem.
11. Give them weekly very small amount of pocket money and encourage them to save it carefully in a piggy bank. While you’re ordering your essentials, assist your children in helping them recognize and understand the working of the traditional money system.
12. Use Analog watches for teaching them to read the time and the terms related to the time system. Avoid the usage of digital watches around them and encourage them to read time from Analog watches.
13. While you are washing all the fruits and vegetables before cooking, take your child’s help and make them count them. Do quick and easy mental math using those fruits and vegetables, this is a creative and fun way of helping them revise their arithmetic abilities.
14. Chapati is one food item which all the kids are familiar with. Use chapati in making them revise their basic shapes learned school. Depending on the age group, and taking all the safety measures, you can even ask them to make the chapati using the dough in the shapes, they are familiar with and introduce new ones if they feel comfortable and enjoy this method of teaching.
With all this happening during the holiday, period, the fear of Math, and the application of all aspects and content will no longer intimidate your child but make it a happy learning experience!