Sometimes things just feel difficult.
Long division can be one of those things. But when we break apart the idea of long division, we see that sometimes it's just making equal groups and setting aside the leftovers.
In the photo above, a student was given the number 173 and asked to divide it by 4. She made an array with four columns of 43. The "leftover" is off to the side. HEY! 173 divided by 4 is 43, remainder 1!
Even seemingly difficult concepts can feel easier when we break them down and think about them. Turns out, it is all connected.
Math is just that cool.
Little people love to count things. Let them! Ask them to count the ornaments on the tree, the stockings hanging in the hallway, the number of presents that they need to wrap - EVERYTHING can be counted!
In the picture below, a young friend is using manipulatives, number bonds, and equations to internalize the big ideas of part-part-whole.
Over the holidays, keep those conversations going with your young one!
As you head into this holiday season, consider asking your child to help out. Depending on the age, a child can use real world math in the following ways:
Have a wonderful Holiday!
Before students can work with fractions (find common denominators, add fractions with unlike denominators, etc.) they need a firm understanding of what a fraction is. Games like the one above are a low-pressure way to help students conceptualize abstract ideas like fractions.
In the photo above, student are using place value discs to help them break a multi-digit number into expanded form. The discs give them something to handle and are a concrete way for them to break apart a number.
At home, you can use money ($1, $10, $100) to do the same thing. Hint: play money makes this activity less expensive!
If you play board games with your child, consider allowing him or her to be the banker. The game will take longer, but your child will gain valuable practice with numbers in a non-threatening way.
Math can be FUN!
Here at PCA, we work to give every student what they need to be successful. That means that for math, your student may meet in a small group with his/her teacher twice per week to work toward mastery or it might mean that your child meets with me three times per week in an even smaller group to work toward mastery.
The goal is to provide the support until your child is performing on level. As your child improves, these interventions (called Tier 2 and Tier 3) decrease. Every child also gets grade-level instruction in the classroom - Tier 1.
All these fancy terms really just boil down to this: we ALL want our students to succeed, and we are working together to provide those supports!
As part of our curriculum, students in grades k - 5 participate in Math "Sprints" on most days. These are deigned to encourage students to improve on their own performance. Teachers have some flexibility in how the sprints are incorporated into the day, but typically the teacher will have the students complete a second sprint to challenge the child to do even better the second time around.
Ask your child about the Sprints in the classroom - almost all grades are beginning them this week!
That summer just flew by! Here at PCA, we are excited for a new school year. Our focus in math this year will be all about hands-on manipulation of objects to help students make sense of mathematics.
This year brought us so many successes in math!
As we wind down toward the end of the year, it's time to start thinking about things that you can do over the summer to help your child stay in tip-top shape!
Spending just ten minutes per day can help your child stay sharp over the summer!
Welcome! I am the Math Specialist at Providence Creek Academy