Teachers assign homework to help students master particular areas of a subject. Hopefully, the student is able to gradually grasp insights and graduate to more complicated lessons. Pre-Algebra sets the foundation for later mathematical subjects such as Algebra and Trigonometry. While teachers assign work for students to complete at home, parents have duties too. Here you will find a number of tips and tools to help your child better understand Pre-Algebra.
As a parent and once a child, you understand the necessity of directing your children yet remember how frustrating it is to be ‘told’ what to do. It’s much better to make your young student understand why they need Pre-Algebra so they will want to do the work and gain the insights.
To start, remind them that math is everywhere and not just in their school classroom. Math is needed as a consumer of goods and services. It’s also associated with the Internet. Google’s search engine uses principles of Algebra to supply a relevant answer to millions of user queries each day. Without Algebra we wouldn’t have television, the Internet, or smartphones!
Today’s kids are no strangers to digital tools. Today’s students use iPads, laptops, and smartphones to communicate with friends, research information, and play games. However, digital games are not just for entertainment. Many downloadable apps teach kids a number of things, including Pre-Algebra.
DragonBox is an app that helps with Algebra. Different versions of the app are suitable for children in different grades and varied ages. Kids solve advanced equations involving fractions and beyond. After some time, kids graduate to different levels that involve more advanced algebraic insights.
The MayaNumbers app is a combination of math and history lessons. Students must use the Mayan number system that is based on sets of 20 rather than 10. Along the way, students gain a better understanding of Algebra while learning Mayan history.
Math Code Squad is a multiplayer
app. Students must become ‘agents’ in order to defeat the game’s antagonist. Students may begin with the game in easy mode and eventually progress to medium and difficult levels.
Apps and other online games help students prepare for the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test, which is administered to students in 7th or 8th grade. It assesses how well a student is prepared for high school-level math courses.
‘Review’ sheets is a better word for online resources that contain Algebra basics such as FOIL (first, outside, inside, last) and PEMA techniques. PEMA stands for parentheses, exponents, multiplication/division, and addition/subtraction. Remind students to think of ostensibly complex problems as a series of smaller problems. For example, the order of precedence helps students prioritize Algebra problems to come to the right conclusion. The order of precedence alerts students as to what operations to perform first, second, and so on.
Reviewing sheets that contain elementary formulas and ‘hacks’ helps students get into a routine of approaching problems and becoming less intimidated by longer, complex computations.
Sam Lewis has been working in education most of his working life. He enjoys a challenge and is always looking for solutions to fix a situation when kids are struggling either academically or emotionally. His informative articles are published on teacher as well as parenting websites.