Doing my Best to Prevent Mathematical Fear from Spreading in my Girls
It’s happening already. When I pull out a math problem for my six year old daughter I can see the fear glaze over her eyes. It’s clear she understands math concepts, but somehow, some way when asked a math question her mind freezes, eyes begin to water and she shakes her head as if to say ‘I don’t know!’ I blame myself of course, as mama’s most often do, that both of my daughters are not always confident in their math ability. Once I reached fractions I was turned off from math. As each year of math increased in difficulty I shuttered. I am afraid I have subconsciously passed on my math fear to my daughters. I am hoping I still have time to reverse the math fear curse. My strategy is to build confidence in the basic math concepts – over and over again. Wish me luck!
Bonus! All math activities presented here are based on Common Core State Standards
What will they comprehend? Understand the concept of a function . Understand that a function from one set (called the domain) to another set (called the range) assigns to each element of the domain exactly one element of the range. If f is a function and x is an element of its domain, then f(x) denotes the output of f corresponding to the input x. The graph of f is the graph of the equation y = f(x).
Does your high schooler need a little clarification on Functions? Or perhaps they just want to get a leg up on the high school math competition. First they can review or learn about Functions here
Does your high schooler work better with audio and video? Then this video gives step by step explanations of how to calculate the Domain and Range of a Function.
This is a great video, with rap included, to help your high school scholar remember certain facts about Domain and Range
Lastly, have your high schooler check for understanding with these math problems. Make sure to scroll down to view additional problems WITH Answers!!
What will they comprehend? Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions. First have them review the concept of the Pythagorean Theorem
(from mathisfun.com)This video on Pythagorean Theorem is also helpful
Lastly, you can make sure your budding scholar understands the Pythagorean Theorem using this interactive game. Pythagorean Theorem Baseball Game (only one interactive game, but you or your child can check their answers)
What will they comprehend? Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions by fractions. Is your budding middle schooler kinda fuzzy on dividing fractions? No worries. Have them first review the steps mathisfun.com)
Then have them watch this fabulous video on dividing fractions: 'Dividing Fractions – Keep, Change, Flip'
Ditch the worksheets and give your whiz kid the opportunity to practice math problems online They can practice dividing fractions and you/them can check answers immediately.
Or they can play Soccer math! I love this site!!
What will they comprehend? Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value. First, work with your kindergartner on the concept of place value. Ixl.com offers practice problems. ixl.com)
Or you can also try the app Splash Math