Since attending Primary 1, Vee has little time for home practice.
Nevertheless, learning takes place anytime anywhere, so here’s how he got to solve 3 real math problems yesterday:
1. Me (on the way home): “How much water did you drink today?”
Vee: “2 and a half bottles!”
Me: “Wow, let’s find out how much that is.”
Capacity of water bottle = 550ml
2 1/2 x 550ml = ?
2 x 550
= (2 x 500) + (2 x 50)
= 1000 + 100
1/2 x 550
= (1/2 x 500) + (1/2 x 50)
= 250 + 25
Total amount of water drank:
1100ml + 275ml = 1375ml
He solved this mentally and verbally.
2. He is collecting recycled newspapers for school.
Total height of newspapers collected:
2.5cm + 8cm + 17cm
= 10.5cm + 17cm
Again, solved mentally.
3. We were folding origami. Instructions asked for folding paper into thirds.
Use ruler to measure length of side: 15cm
1/3 x 15cm = 5cm
Such problem sums are relevant to his life and he practises mental / intuitive math on the go.
We aren’t restricted by any syllabus. As long as the situation calls for it, he’s keen to learn new math skills from me.
That’s why we’ve covered the basic operations, fractions, decimals, percentages, negative numbers, large numbers, exponential, etc. — all before he turns 7yo.
And it isn’t just him. The younger kids at home (4+yo & 2+yo) are also picking up math skills with ease and joy.
Math is all around us. Bring it alive and chances are your child will enjoy it. Happy teaching!