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When and how to teach your child mathematics, getting children interested in math or helping them cope with math (e. g. at school).

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How to make my 3-year-old stop skipping one of the numbers when counting?

My 3-year-old daughter can count well (I guess that is relative, but anyway). She understands the idea that numbers represent quantities. If I ask her how many pebbles she has or how many steps there ...
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Why does my daughter “forget” her numbers even though she knows how to count?

My daughter is 4 1/2 or so. She knows how to count to at least 10, possibly higher, and will do so unprompted. However, we've recently tried to start playing some board and card games with her. In ...
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How to persuade lazy-to-think kids to learn mathematics?

I am teaching mathematics for kids. Some of them are so lazy in thinking. They often answer my questions without thinking. And some of them also early decide that they will be artists, dancers, ...
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What games are good for teaching math?

I'm volunteering at a primary school. One of the things that we're keen on is teaching mathematics via games. I'm looking for games that people have found are good for this (either designed to teach, ...
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Babies and math concepts

Does anybody know what are the logical basic concepts that a baby could understand? For example regarding numbers, I think until the age of 1 they cannot distinguish between the concepts of one and ...
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How can I increase the numeracy of a toddler?

My 2-year-old is just starting to learn counting. A few weeks ago, if he saw two of an item, e.g. a clock, he would say "clock clock". In the last week, he started saying "two clock". Although he can ...
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At what age should a child be able to count to 10?

My daughter currently can. She is 21 months old. What is a typical age for this milestone?
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Should I start teaching my 2.4-year-old mathematics?

My son is 29 months old. He has shown me that he has good memory, so far he knows all the shapes, all the letters A-Z (he can pin point and name them), can solve a 8-9 puzzle (car, farm etc.). And I'...
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My 13-year-old son has a hard time doing his math homework. How can I help him?

My 13-year-old son has just entered 8th grade (standard 8th grade curriculum). In most classes he exceeds, but in his math class he struggling extremely hard with the homework. He takes an ...
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How to help my 5th grader learn math with me?

My daughter is in 5th Grade and makes silly mistakes while adding, subtracting, etc. I also found she doesn't take any interest in math and doesn't apply any logic when solving problems. She is not ...
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How to help our 9-year-old, who struggles with math, to focus?

My 9-year-old son is quadrilingual (fluent in all), education is in the language that both my husband and I are not speaking. He is our only child. We live in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. We ...
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Is it worth my child continuing kumon maths if they don't like it?

My child (6 nearly 7) seems to enjoy maths, but hates Kumon maths. They seem to enjoy (or used to enjoy) an online tool called mathletics. Kumon maths (at this stage) seems to focus on repeating ...
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What cartoons teach basic math?

There are some excellent cartoons that teach languages, like Word World, but I'm having a hard time finding ones about math. There's of course Count von Count and other math-related characters on ...
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Mathematics concepts for older children and teens

I have previously asked the question teaching mathematics to young children about reliance on aids, but now I face this issue with the students I tutor. Seeing as many parents I know have also ...
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How can I work with a math teacher who is having trouble differentiating learning?

My daughter is very bright, and particularly good at math. But, she gets bored easily — possibly some near ADHD traits, although generally not to the level where it causes any disruption. She's in ...
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How can I instigate or spark an interest for math to my 14 year old daughter?

My 14 year old daughter finds math boring and she acknowledges it whenever we talk about it. What can I do to spark an interest for math in her?
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What skills should a 4-year-old have when it comes to counting and memorizing numbers?

Our 4-year-old daughter just turned 4 and just started Pre-K. She can count to 10 and recognize 0-10 written on a board, with really no issues whatsoever. However, we've been working with her for half ...
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How do I help children who think they don't need to know math, still learn math and have fun doing it?

I am teaching mathematics for students from elementary school to senior high school. I advise the students to learn mathematics (as the language of nature) as well as English (as the international ...
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Teaching mathematics to young children

When I was a child, I learned basic mathematics (addition, subtraction) through practice and memorization of basics (6 + 7 = 13). However, while I was visiting a child (5 yrs. old) over New Year's, I ...
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How to explain addition vs. place values to a 4½-year-old?

My 4½-year-old son has had some questions recently about numbers. On and off for months, he's been asking questions along the lines of "What does four and two make" or "What is a four and a two"? At ...
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Is it okay to raise a child by teaching them numbers in base 16?

Would it be child abuse to raise your child by teaching them numbers in base 16, so by the time they reach school they can count to twenty, but only in base 16? Would this stunt their growth? Just to ...
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How to help my 5-year-old brother to improve in Math

My 5-year-old brother has recently showed cleverness resolving math problems which aren't for his age like adding and subtracting big numbers, learning multiplication tables and recreating Fibonacci ...
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Math Encouragement Activities

I have a child that has no problem with figuring out math facts for addition and subtraction up to and below 100, but she finds the process somewhat boring. I was hoping for suggestions from some ...
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Are there resources that provide collections of good math training activities?

I am very eager to access collections of good math training activities, games, etc -- hopefully high quality and aligned with current curriculum movements like common core, etc. Naturally I would ...
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How to encourage 9 year old to stop whining and independently practice their math?

I live with my 9 year old cousin who dislikes and has been doing poorly in math. (New Canadian education system likes to have "no homework" because apparently this will be good and reduce stress in ...
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Adaptive Teaching of Math Fluency [closed]

Looking for a game like interface that presents math facts starting at basic concepts like "1 + 1" then models the childs fluency, or lack of, and uses that data to present questions. Errors should be ...
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Interesting things for a child's drawing board

I've got a board that's going to be used as a "messy board" for drawing, painting or whatever else kids do that you wouldn't want them doing directly on your table. I want to put interesting things ...
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At what age is it best to teach a child mathematics? At what pace? [closed]

At what age should mathematical / logical concepts be introduced to a child? I feel that parents should be held more responsible even than schools in the educational process.
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Can anyone name this method for teaching children numbers and basic arithmetic?

I've heard about a method that uses the unstructured presentation of dots to teach younger kids numbers and basic arithmetic. Can anyone tell me the name of this method? Or if you know of other ...
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How can we make an 8 year old child learn multiplication instead of having him or her to memorize it?

Instead of having our children to memorize the product of numbers, what is a more rational approach to make them learn to determine them instantly. We have to raise them to be rational and educated ...
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Is there a good online mathematics curriculum for elementary through high school?

My kids are very responsive to learning math. I have a math background and they respond to my methods of teaching. But so far I haven't been consistent in terms of frequency and content. I'd like ...
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Is learning mathematics good to build personal character? [closed]

In my experience, people who are well trained in mathematics are resilient and have confidence in mastering their daily life activities and solving their problems. Is learning mathematics a good way ...