By Christy B. Racette on August 09 2018 05:39:10
Understanding decimals is vital for real-life, everyday maths. Phoebe Doyle offers some teacher tips to help your Key Stage 2 child understand what decimals are and how to use this knowledge in calculations.
Dividing numbers. After your child grasps the concept of dividing and the relationship with multiplication you can start working with numbers. Be sure your child is familiar with the format and signs for division. With the concept grasped, teaching division will become more about guided practice to help your child to become familiar with the division operation (although it’s really going to be a different type of multiplication practice.) Start by practicing division by 1, 2 and 3 and then gradually move up to 9. Use the worksheets to help.
Get some addition practice while reading picture books together. There are a ton of great picture books that have overt and hidden addition facts and practice, but you can turn any book into a lesson in addition. If you read a page with a picture of a forest, you might say to your child, "I see three trees and four flowers. How many plants are there all together?" You can add characters, shapes, items, or anything in multiples.
Since practice makes perfect, one effective method is to use your text book and write on paper all of the concepts along with equations that represent that concept. Keep each concept on a different sheet. Take notes and write down your opinion for every equation or algebra concept. You may not like it at first, but the more you practice and use this personal algebra notebook the better for you. You must be patient because at first it might seem like you are never going to be able to figure out how all of these numbers plug into one and other, so do not rush, remember that learning algebra takes time.