Helping a 9 yr old with maths.(6 Posts)
I've always had a mental block with Maths. Even though I was in the top Maths set at school- I just couldn't retain the info. I learnt it for exams and then it seemed to leak out of my brain. My 9 year dd is bright and loves maths and I desperately want to be able to help her as she progresses. Has anyone used any resources to help THEM help their child. I also think it might go in this time- it somehow looks a lot more interesting now. I have even considered evening classes, but don't really have the time. Thank you
I use this site myself as well as my ds.(you make your account and add child account inside it.)
It has tutorial videos for every maths skill, so ds can learn new things by himself, but I get to learn as well so I could help him if needed. It's not good just for maths, great for learning programming/science/ grammar etc.
There is a good book like a Maths dictionary. It has an orangey cover. It gives all the names of shapes they need to know, examples of methods and a glossary.
It is important children UNDERSTAND the concepts behind Maths, and don't just 'learn' things because they are told, but without fully understanding. I'll give you my standard advice, which was really aimed at younger children, but take from it whatever seems relevant in your case. The two web sites mentioned at the end are useful:
Practical things are best for grasping number concepts - bricks, Lego, beads, counters, money, shapes, weights, measuring, cooking.
Do adding, taking away, multiplication (repeated addition), division (sharing), using REAL OBJECTS as just 'numbers' can be too abstract for some children.
Number Bonds of Ten forms the basis of much maths, so try to learn them. Using Lego or something similar, use a LOT of bricks (of just TWO colours, if you have enough) lay them out so the pattern can be seen of one colour INCREASING while the other colour DECREASES. Lay them down, or build up like steps.
ten of one colour none of other
nine of one colour one of other
eight of one colour two of other
seven of one colour three of other
then of course, the sides are equal at 5 and 5; after which the colours 'swap over' as to increasing/decreasing.
To learn TABLES, do them in groups that have a relationship, thus:
x2, x4, x8
x3, x6, x12
5 and 10 are easy
7 and 9 are rather harder.
Starting with TWO times TABLE, I always say: "Imagine the class is lining up in pairs; each child will have a partner, if there is an EVEN number in the class. If one child is left without a partner, then the number is ODD, because an odd one is left out."
Use Lego bricks again, lay them out in a column of 2 wide to learn 2x table. Go half way down the column, and move half the bricks up, so that now the column is 4 bricks wide. That gives the start of 4x table.
Then do similar things with 3x and 6x.
With 5x, try and count in 'fives', and notice the relationship with 'ten' - they will alternate, ending in 5 then 10.
It is important to try and UNDERSTAND the relationships between numbers, and not just learn them 'by rote'.
An inexpensive solar powered calculator (no battery to run out!) can help learn tables by 'repeated addition'. So: enter 2+2 and press = to give 4. KEEP PRESSING = and it should add on 2 each time, giving 2 times table.
There are good web sites, which can be fun to use :
[Come back if there are specific topics you would like clarified.]
That's great Ferguson - but it's me that has the problems keeping up with my daughter- she's fine!! I was after slightly higher ( key stage 3- level 5/6) level maths. Having re- read my OP- I perhaps didn't make that quite clear!! I basically want to be a step or so ahead of her. I will check out the Khan academy. Thank you!
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