I am passionate about helping kids to understand maths. I taught secondary maths, but soon realised that how kids learn and understand maths from a very early age strongly affects their opinion of maths and their progress through school.
I write this blog to help parents and teachers with how to teach early maths and avoid common misconceptions. It is designed to explain mathematical concepts (that can sometimes seem obscure) and provide ideas for tasks that help kids gain a deep understanding.
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Telling the time is a rather abstract concept to begin with and some children find it extremely difficult to get to grips with. To be able to tell the time or solve time problems, children need to have understanding in many different areas of mathematics. Although it can be difficult, if you take it one step at a time, learning to tell the time can be engaging and fun - it is a fantastic mathematical concept that can easily be linked to a child's real-world and time problems can greatly enhance their problem solving skills. This post talks about common misconceptions and difficulties that children may experience. It also highlights different areas of maths that are involved in learning to tell the time and ideas for activities that can be done at home or at school in order to improve a child's time-telling skills.
I got quite excited about writing this post. Measuring length is a very practical mathematical topic, and so the potential for fun, hands-on maths is endless. I started with the title 'introducing measure' but soon realised that there was too much content for one post. This post, therefore, contains an introduction to measuring length using non-standard units. Posts will soon follow for understanding the importance of units , introducing the standard unit, measuring area, measuring perimeter and an introduction to capacity.
In a previous post I discussed how to introduce the idea of measuring length to young children. The post explored the use of non-standard units (such as Lego bricks), with a particular focus on how and why we need to measure things. In this post I continue with non-standard units, this time demonstrating the importance of unit choice when measuring length. I will evaluate important points to consider when introducing the idea of units, and give some practical, discovery-based task ideas to help provide a deep understanding.