Welcome to the first issue of e-newsletter on Elementary Mathematics.
First of all………
1. Do you have a fear for mathematics when you were young?
2. Do you hate rote learning and memorizing the multiplication table?
3. Do you know how to explain mathematic concepts to your young children?
Do not panic. You can gain more insights on the guiding principles on how the teachers will be teaching mathematics to young children.
There are six fundamental principles to high-quality mathematic education which are Equity, Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Technology.
Through these six principles, there is a common set of five content standards, which are Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Data Analysis and Probability. The teachers will teach mathematics through the guiding principles and standards.
The children will learn mathematics through these five process standards:
1. Problem solving
2. Reasoning and Proof
Can you see a pattern and wonder the relationship between them?
6 + 6
5 + 7
3 + 9
The children are encouraged to actively engage in problem solving problems by exploring, figuring that there are many strategies in finding an answer, observing the patterns and order, even though the process takes time for the children and teacher.
The teachers will ensure that maths lesson is a fun and enjoyable session by providing hands-on experiences. Tools and manipulatives like unifix cubes, counters and spinners will be provided to illustrate and discover mathematic concepts. The manipulatives can be a testing ground for young children to better grasp a mathematic concept as “seeing is believing”.
So do not fear mathematics and start to embrace it with confidence and fun!!!