Creating Strong Math Skills
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Children need a strong set of math skills in order to be successful. If children do not have this
foundation in math, they will have more difficulty in school and later in life. If you would like to help your
child build this set of skills, helpwithmaths.com can help you.
Children without a strong foundation in math have great difficulty comprehending the subject and will thus get
lower graders than his or her peers with better skills. Once a student has good basic skills, he or she will have
less anxiety about the subject and may even come to enjoy it!
Helping your child create this set of skills requires a carefully considered plan of study. A good number of
students are not given a good explanation to begin their study and are not encouraged to practice.
These are necessary for confidence and comprehension. Parents can make some errors in attempting
help their child with math skills, often forgetting to emphasize areas besides arithmetic and going over concepts
out of order.
There are five basic groupings for math skills:
Number Sense and Operations  Basic arithmetic
Algebra  Recognizing patterns and working with unknowns sets the foundation for succeeding in algebra
Geometry and Spatial Sense  Children can work from their understanding of shapes and will be able to read maps,
conceptualize objects in space, and use this understanding to solve geometric problems
Measurement  Measuring is an important skill employed in every day life and includes: weith, length, time, money,
temperature, among other important concepts
Data Analysis and Probability  Learning to use charts and graphs helps children better understand information and
explain it to others
These concepts will build on each other over time, so starting in the right place, with something your student has
the skills to comprehend, is important. Preschool and kindergarten math start with the basics.
They do learn to count from one to ten, but there are important lessons to be learned in pattern and
shape recognition as well. Early in elementary school, students will learn basic measurements, more complicated
shapes, and place value and fractions.
Later, they will begin to learn more complicated geometry, long division, complicated
multiplication, and by sixth grade will begin prealgebra. You can help your child build the skills that will carry
them though these concepts and beyond as a successful student.
In summary, children will have the strongest set of math skills if you present them with a broad foundation that
focuses on all areas, not just arithmetic.
The information on helpwithmaths.com will provide a blueprint for building this foundation. The end
result will be a happier and more successful student with a bright future ahead.
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