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Algebra for Elementary Age Children Using Word Problems (2 of 4)

Now’s the time to begin algebra for elementary age children using word problems.  In the first post in this series, I encouraged you to introduce algebra concepts to your children at home through the use of manipulatives to solve expressions. Taking this concept one step further, you can integrate algebra, expressions, and reading through solving word problems. The ability to correctly solve word problems

Helping Students Follow Directions in Math

Helping Students Follow Directions in Math Continuing on the theme of areas where children struggle in math and how to help, one of the areas of weakness is in the ability to follow directions in math.  Reading directions and listening to verbal directions are key in being successful in solving math problems.  Depending on what the directions are, students may be asked to round

Understanding Math Vocabulary

Children can find math challenging because they don’t understand the math vocabulary and terminology being used in the question.  One of the reasons that this can be difficult for children is because words that are used in math can have multiple meanings. Math Vocabulary Confusion The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has a great article about the variety of words use in math

Why Kids Struggle with Math and How to Help

Why Kids Struggle with Math and How to Help Math is one subject area where kids can struggle to master the concepts and be successful.  There are several areas of weakness common to many children including number facts, computation, following directions, understanding terminology, and transferring knowledge that can make math challenging for kids.  One thing to keep in mind is that you should always

Understanding Story Problems

Even if your child understands the basic math operations like addition and subtraction, chances are they still get somewhat confused by story problems.  Story problems can be overwhelming for a number of reasons.  Maybe your child struggles to read all the words in the problem.  Maybe they just don’t know what to do with all those numbers.  Whatever the reason, story problems can be

Math and Art

Children love to do art projects.  If most of them had their way, they would do art all day!  Art is fun, but it can also be a way to sneak in some math. In fact math and art have many overlapping areas. Shapes Geometry is a large part of math, but it is also a crucial part of art.  As your child draws,

How to Make Word Problems Less Scary

Your child may be able to quickly solve math problems when using mathematical notation like 10+4 or 35-3, however they may become hesitant when trying to solve similar problems that are formatted using a words.  The same problem for 10+4 could be set as a word problem in a format similar to “Jane went to the farmer’s market and bought ten apples and four

Activities to Practice Learning Word Problem Key Words for Operations

In the second post on word problems, parents will learn the key words to solving math word problems and how to help their child solve word problems.

Keys to Helping your Child Solve Word Problems

While many parents think that learning math has only to do with numbers, learning how to read the question and understand math vocabulary are key to helping your child to be successful at solving word problems.  Word problems are typically introduced as early as kindergarten with very simple language; However, this skill is typically reinforced beginning in 3rd and 4th grade when many children