Everyday Math Instruction

Math is more than working with numbers.  In order to use math in real world situations, there are other important math skills that your child needs to learn.  Here are 2 examples.

  • Sorting and classifying.  Grouping objects by their size, shape, color, pattern, etc. can build thinking skills and help your child understand how objects relate to one another.
  • Measurement.  Describing the size or amount of something first using a nonstandard unit then standard measurement instruments such as rulers or yardsticks can help your child to answer questions of how much, how big, how long, etc.  You can help your child develop measurement skills by asking him/her to estimate and measure objects (length, area) at home.   Teaching Children Mathematics

HOW ARE WE TEACHING CHILDREN TO COMPUTE?  In the past, students were taught how to compute following the ONE RIGHT algorithm (procedure for computing).  Unfortunately, students were not taught the meaning of the four operations, they were not encouraged to use other procedures, and they were not trained to use mental math.  Today, teachers teach students to use more than one algorithm to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.  Rather than having everyone learn a single algorithm, children make informed decisions about which method works best for them. 


Last Modified on August 3, 2007