Gd basic mathematics foundation for 5 yr kid

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Gd basic mathematics foundation for 5 yr kid

Postby Catay » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:17 pm

Hi all parents,

Would appreciate very much if you could kindly recommend which enrichment class is good to build up the foundation for mathematics for my 5 year old girl? I'm not good at maths so would like to start training my girl for this subject as I understand that nowadays the Primary school maths is not easy to deal with as the standard has been raised compared to my time.

Thanks & regards,
Catherine

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Postby Jennifer » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:22 pm

Try building in Maths concept into your daily interactions with your girl. Eg, count anything - staircase steps, lift levels, objects in a supermkt, sweets given to her, show simple fractions when cutting a cake, pizza, learn division when sharing a pool of sweets, etc. Make Maths concept a natural part of our daily life so that the child is not afraid of numbers.

If you were not good in Maths when you were a student, never say "I was poor in Maths" to your girl :wink:

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Postby buds » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:49 pm

Hi catay, i'm pro-Montessori so i'd suggest the
best foundation your girl can get is through a
Montessori Mathematics programme. It's abt
1yr plus programme available at Montessori
Enirichment centres. :wink:

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Postby Monster Mummy » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:59 pm

Hi Catay,

Is your child currently in the childcare centre. Now, you can teach her to start counting numbers from 1 onwards. So once she get used to the numbers then adding will not be a problem to her.

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Postby Sun_2010 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:18 am

Catay,

Some very good advice in the post above.

My 2 cents
Numbers and shapes are all around us, its a matter of discovering and relating to them. Primary subjetcs are all about what you do every day, an hour or two at an enrichment centre cannot fulfil this need but can only add on to this knowledge.

One thing to take care always associate numbers with quantity. Numbers are not mere "words"...
Its not important to recite upto hundred, it is important to understand 1 to 10 then slowly move to 20 then up.

Once the child "knows" 1-10, she is ready for addition /sub as applied to real life - one candy, and one more make 2 candy. plenty of Kids show emphasising this are available.

Buds had an article in KSP on multiplication cards that i think is very useful.

Happy maths learning journey.

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Postby proudmummy » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:47 pm

hi everyone,

my daughter is 4 this year and i really want her to get started on her math. but she is very easily distracted and cant seem to sit still to learn properly. i'm wondering is it coz the subject itself is v boring and dull? looking around for courses which teaches math but is interesting at the same time. any suggestions would be much appreciated. thanks!

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Postby autumnbronze » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:28 pm

Sun_2010 wrote:
Once the child "knows" 1-10, she is ready for addition /sub as applied to real life - one candy, and one more make 2 candy. plenty of Kids show emphasising this are available.



Thanks for this tip, Sun_2010 :celebrate:

I was just wondering whether I should start DS on addition/subtraction since he already "knows" 1 to 20.

Now I know :wink:

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Postby mrswongtuition » Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:08 pm

autumnbronze wrote:
Sun_2010 wrote:
Once the child "knows" 1-10, she is ready for addition /sub as applied to real life - one candy, and one more make 2 candy. plenty of Kids show emphasising this are available.



Thanks for this tip, Sun_2010 :celebrate:

I was just wondering whether I should start DS on addition/subtraction since he already "knows" 1 to 20.

Now I know :wink:


Once you start on addition, you can try using eggs in it's tray (tray of 10) to do subtraction. My boy learnt how to subtract using that.

Now I'm teaching him using 3G abacus. :)

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Postby proudmummy » Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:20 pm

mrswongtuition wrote:
autumnbronze wrote:
Sun_2010 wrote:
Once the child "knows" 1-10, she is ready for addition /sub as applied to real life - one candy, and one more make 2 candy. plenty of Kids show emphasising this are available.



Thanks for this tip, Sun_2010 :celebrate:

I was just wondering whether I should start DS on addition/subtraction since he already "knows" 1 to 20.

Now I know :wink:


Once you start on addition, you can try using eggs in it's tray (tray of 10) to do subtraction. My boy learnt how to subtract using that.

Now I'm teaching him using 3G abacus. :)


hi mrs wong, i have been reading through the threads trying to find a suitable course for my girl. heard alot about abacus. u teach 3G abacus? can i check with you is it v different from their pri syllabus math in schools?

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Postby mrswongtuition » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:20 pm

proudmummy wrote:hi mrs wong, i have been reading through the threads trying to find a suitable course for my girl. heard alot about abacus. u teach 3G abacus? can i check with you is it v different from their pri syllabus math in schools?

Hi,

Yes, I took up 3G abacus to teach my own son but now I'm the trainer for 3G abacus at Nan Chiau Primary School. Will be opening my own classes at my home in Dec 2010.

Abacus focuses on teaching them how to calculate - FAST & ACCURATE.
They way they add up is different from Primary school syllabus so some of the kids do get confused. That's why I've decided to teach both 3G abacus together with problem solving and school concepts to help minimise the confusion.

If abacus is learnt since young and the kids still continue with formal lessons into upper primary, it becomes an extremely useful and advantagous tool instead of confusing them.

Also, the methods need to be presented in a very clear cut way.
Abacus adds from left to right, Pri school maths adds from right to left. Once they know the difference, they won't be confused.

There are a few very useful things which are similar to our Pri sch maths syllabus.
1. Number bonds
2. Number places (ones, tens, hundreds, thousands)

It becomes extremely advantageous at upper primary now that the numbers in the maths problems are getting larger and larger. Students can use their mental calculation learnt from abacus to double check answers. And with familiarity with numbers, sometimes they know they've made a mistake just by looking at the final answer.

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