Not only is maths a challenge nowadays.Chinese is hard too.The primary 4 standard could be as hard as the primary 6s a few years back..
English is harder too in terms answering compre questions
and science more and more facts to know about.
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Not only is maths a challenge nowadays.Chinese is hard too.The primary 4 standard could be as hard as the primary 6s a few years back..
English is harder too in terms answering compre questions
and science more and more facts to know about.
As a pri sch teacher, I must say that there's a general misunderstanding about the MOE syllabus. In true fact, the syllabus has been much reduced and many facts and topics have been ommitted over the years. BUT, greater emphasis is given on UNDERSTANDING the concepts and developing THINKING SKILLS. This is why when you look into the textbooks, you think it's not so bad, but when you look at the test papers, you faint. The questions seem really difficult to us because we were brought up to simply regenerate what we have learnt. But for this generation to thrive, our children need to make connections and apply what they have learnt. So to know that 5 + 9 = 14 is not enough; they need to know when they need to add 9 to 5 so that they can get 14.
Developing creativity and thinking skills are not easy, especially for us as we weren't taught that way. One way to help you kids is to change the way they play. Get them to do projects to build stuff up or make things that work (eg: a gun that shoots, a house that stands, a cookie that's tasty...) Focus on the science/maths/following-instruction/common sense/problem solving needed to complete the project. Start young. The more low-tech the toys/games, the more thinking needed, the better for you kids. The high-tech stuff: computer games, automated cars and action figures do nothing for your kids; they even kill their imagination cos there's nothing left to pretend and imagine.
Hi all. I would like to share with all the mummies encounter this type of math question. Actually is it very simple if you know the tricks. For "is" you see as =. For "less than" you see as -. And for "more than" you see as +.
eg: 7 is 5 less than _________
that is "7 = 5 - ____
then you work backward: ____ - 5 = 7
7 is 5 more than ________
that is "7 = 5 + ____
Ask your child to put the sign on top the words, he will be able to solve the problem.
Hope all can understand what i try to tell here..
as we all know, nowadays kids are experiencing a very hard time. My dear daughter now is in her grade 2. beside her assingments, she has to take some more enhanced exercises. we try our best to find some very lovely learning resources to balance play and study. and dear daughter now is using the beestar, a curriculum-based online programs. It offers math, ELA, Vocabulary, Science, Social Studies, and GT (Gifted & Talented) Math exercises. And math is for free. Their exercises are full of vivid pictures and interesting stories. I think it really does help my dear daughter a lot.Lisa
Hi jo_71,
Thanks for the tips. Ya, it does seems easier to understand. My dear son sometimes get mixed up too. I guess this may work.
I do agree with all that the syllabus (Maths esp) seems more difficult. I will agree that it's really a test on the understanding of the English language, as my dear son is still not very good in English. Thus, he had more difficulty in those problem sums.
I agree.. what if they twist the question and it goes:
7 is _______ less than 10
or
7 less than ________ is 5.
Stonston is right. If the question is twisted as per what Camom posted, the kids may get the answer wrong.
I've found Dr. Fong Ho Kheong's book on "The Essential Parents' Guide to Primary Maths" very useful in explaining these concepts. These kind of questions can be understood and solved more easily by applying the Comparison Concept using modeling approach.
I agree that now primary sch studies are not as easy as what we have at our times. My child is like strugglin. Our hope is all on them. Just wish that they can get good grade. I just hope that I m not puttin too much pressure on them. love my kids....
Anyone knows any maths question discussion/tutorial forum for primary kids?
HI mummies
Relax.. Pri math look hard in surface.... but will you narrow down there only one of two model solutio...
That what i found out while tutoring some Pri
Mummy just need to sit down and look carefully... no worry .. simple when you got the basic evaluation....
Hi all,
Now that I'm a parent I've already started to worry about my daughter's ability to grasp our educational system. I'm a secondary school teacher and teaching lower sec maths. By the time the students come to sec 1, we are already teaching algebra and they are expected to be able to solve 3/4 step problems. Maths isn;t easy but it can be if we introduce maths to our young in a fun way. It will be harder later if they cannot relate to the subject and worse refuse to put in effort in it. Most of the time, it's not the difficulty level that gets to them, it's that they do not have interest in the subject anymore.
If your child is in P1, try www.p1math.com
I believe working on past year papers helps a lot.
I know of 2 websites that provide drills to common Maths problems - problemsums . com and p1math . com (the latter targets only P1, which seems strange to me).
Both are good in my opinion, and it adds some fun to the learning process too.
Last edited by magbie; 21-10-2010 at 11:27 PM.
Hi all,
Just wanna share this website with you. onSponge.com
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i agree with stonston and camom. teaching kids those 'tricks' or short cuts do nothing to help them understand the problem sums in the long run. instead, good literacy skills and effort towards helping your child to understand the problem will help in solving maths questions.
is dr Fong's book also available at Popular Book Co? although my boy is still many years away from entering P1, i am personally very interested in how our primary school maths curriculum has evolved in recent years and finding out the different mathematical concepts schools are introducing to children these days, out of my own curiosity. =)
Tandem nursing 31mo Korkor and 10mo Didi!
sorry, double post.
Last edited by cmeilim; 22-11-2010 at 12:56 AM.
Hi all
I think sometimes, we get too caught up trying to teach hard concepts that children may have 'bad experiences' learning maths or english or whatever it is, I am suggesting we could also make learning fun. There are many sites that break down otherwise complex stuffs into easier understanding:
read on : here
The Maths questions in the textbooks and workbooks are far simpler than what actually comes out in the exams. Sigh