Math seems to be taught different these days. The simplicity of 2 oranges + 2 oranges = 4 oranges problem has been dissected and taught in what seems a much more intricate way. Now, children are most likely learning to solve real problems like figuring out how many oranges they need for a class party. These young kids are learning in a much more different and efficient way. What once seemed as a repetitive way of learning math is now a fun and thought-provoking process. Teachers and educators are aiming to have their students understand that math is not only necessary within the classroom, but it pours into their daily lives too.
Teachers have begun to veer toward problem solving than equating numbers. This makes kids think about math in a different way and helps to engage their mind. What once was a worksheet of about 20 multiplication problems is now 2-3 real-world problems that may take them a sufficient amount of time to complete. By allowing students to have the flexibility in their thinking process they build essential skills to tackle on every-day problems. Parents are able to reinforce this learning by acknowledging when they are using math skills outside of the classroom. Parents are able to do this by helping a child estimate in the grocery store, talk about interest on credit cards or even mortgage.
Although parents can supplement the learning within their home what happens when the homework is so much different than what they remember? Well, when you feel in a slump and can’t seem to understand what these worksheets are asking, try to have your child explain to you. Much research has shown that a great way to understand is by explaining yourself and going through the process firsthand. When that doesn’t work do not be afraid to go on the internet for some instructional videos on the topic. Showing your child effective ways to learn can help build their confidence and builds the initiative to find answers for themselves.
Math is everywhere, and we use it every day whether we realize it or not. This new wave of learning is only beneficial for kids in the long haul. If, As parents, you feel stuck in helping then take the initiative to learn yourself so you can be an extra resource for your child. It never hurts to learn something new.