Why Math may be one of the basic building blocks for success – Aloha Mind Math

As parents, if you are asked about what skills you think are necessary for your child’s success, you might be inclined to pick Math over even social skills, says this article. Math might win by a small margin according to these polls, but most of us are aware that it is definitely one of the basic building blocks of our child’s education. Here are some reasons to understand why:

Forms a basis: Math is a fundamental need for nearly all parts of our lives – from counting the number of steps in our staircase, to shopping for groceries – it is definitely not something we can stay clear of. Kids can also experience another aspect of math by learning mental math calculations, which will really help in the daily aspects.

Builds confidence: You must remember the time your kid aced a Math test at school, and how good they feel about their performance when that happens. This confidence extends to other aspects of schoolwork too, as Math is always supposed to be one of the formidable subjects and doing well in it will improve the child’s approach to other areas too.

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First step towards career: A proficiency in Math can guide older children towards the path they would like to take in life. It can illustrate to them if they want a career in Engineering, Architecture or any other subject related to different aspects of the subject. In one way or the other, math is a basis subject for a lot of the mainstream and individualized careers available to kids nowadays.

Other aspects: It is very important how we as parents approach math when kids are young, because building it up to be scary may not be the ideal thing to do. Teaching numbers in a fun way such as through hopscotch, or doing multiplication-based projects together will help a lot in the long run. If we help our kids embrace it at an early age by making a big deal of the fun aspects of it, they will have a much more open mind to more difficult parts as they grow up.

Math is definitely a subject that is very important to lay a foundation for our children. If you are interested in exploring more about mental mathematics, and a way to build your child’s confidence in the subject, do check out our classes at Aloha: http://www.aloha-usa.com

 

 

 

 

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Activity based fun with Math – Aloha Mind Math

Here is a great post on fun activities for kids. It is so great to be able to have some activity based fun with kids, and if you can add math to the picture, it can have some added advantage of helping them with the subject too. Here are some great activities that can help connect kids to math by making it fun for them:

Puzzles: Math based puzzles are a great way to ignite your child’s curiosity, and you can easily make or find ones that are appropriate for kids of all ages. This can also be a great indoor activity for those rainy or cold days that the kids can’t play out of doors. You can find a lot of puzzle sites online, or even make your own that will also be an interesting craft project with your child.

Food can be fun: Take your kids along to the supermarket and ask them to guess how many tomatoes make a kilo. Then move to the onions – you get the idea. Weighing each vegetable or fruit, and assessing numbers, then seeing the result on the scale will help your child get a clear idea on weights and balances at an early age.

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Algebra through play: The Montessori method has some great learning materials such as the binomial and trinomial cubes, which help to improve motor skills in young children, as well as teach them the basics of the algebraic equations that they’ll find much easier to understand once they have understood the pictorial representation.

Visual approach: Boards are now available in a variety of choices – from the old school blackboards which are still so much fun, to magnetic or those meant for sanded letters. Use any one you want to draw or stick objects when you want to explain to your kid what basic concepts like addition or subtraction are about. Starting with visual understanding, and then moving to the mental calculation will imprint the concept very well in your child.

I hope these will make a good start to having fun with math, for you and your kids. When they are 4-5 years of age, they are also ready for concepts like learning math through Abacus, which can also help them with the subject at school. Do check out more details about our classes at: http://www.aloha-usa.com

 

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Activities to sharpen kids math skills

Math is one of the subjects that can cause a lot of worry in students and concern in parents. However, if handled in an interesting manner from a young age, you will find that your child approaches it with a lot more ease. Here are some tips and math activities by which you can sharpen your kid’s math skills along with keeping it fun and interesting for them:

Take your child grocery shopping: When you go to the supermarket to pick up your weekly groceries, take your child along. Give them a budget, and tell them they can pick up a few things they like, but within that budget. With older children, you can even ask them to keep track of the overall shopping by adding up items as you pick them up. This will help your child realize the value of money, as well as the simple operations of addition and multiplication as a mental activity.

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Bake-a-thon: Helping you measure out ingredients is a good way to make your child aware of weights and measures, and will make her proficient in this aspect. You can even use simple recipes that your kids can try out by themselves with minimal supervision for handling hot objects.

Distance and Speed: When going on a long drive, ask your child to keep track of the odometer readings and time taken, and calculate the speed of travel. Doing this for long suburban and out of city drives, as well as for that drive to school or the supermarket will give an idea of how much difference the city traffic makes.

Spot quiz: Look around for math related activities for the time that you spend together. From questions like multiplication games, to formulating addition or subtraction problems related to real life, there are a lot of ways you can make your child aware of the practical applications of math too.

These are just some of the way in which you can sharpen your kid’s abilities with math, which also help in improving their mental math skills. Do check out our classes at Aloha that are also a good way to introduce mental math to your child. Please visit our website for more details: http://www.aloha-usa.com

 

 

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Using Social Media in Education

Teachers, parents and students using social media for communication can be a slippery slope, this article says. This is definitely a concern as the world of social media has encouraged a “comment first, think later” attitude among youngsters the world over. Even where adults are concerned, this might lead to inadvertently hurting someone’s feelings, without realizing the privacy of certain discussions. Though the negative impacts can be many, there are also other positive ways in which social media can be integrated into education:

Easy access to information: Students can interact with their peers in a low-pressure environment, and easily discuss and access information regarding class work and projects.

Building a brand: Where schools and especially institutes of higher education are concerned, social media marketing can be a great tool to publicizing the institution and improving the brand image.

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Publishing projects and research: Once an institution has built up a brand, and is known to maintain a social media page, it can also use this medium to publish important projects and research papers done by the students. This would encourage the students as well to perform to the best of their abilities, to enable their work to reach a bigger audience. It can also be a great way for corporates to reach out to the student world.

Alumni network: As most outgoing students of the school would be interested in staying in touch with the alma mater, alumni network groups on social media platforms are a very common trend. Through this, the educational institution can reach out to the alumni, as well as enable the alumni to stay in touch and organize get-togethers and events.

Social media can be a very powerful tool if used in an appropriate manner, and I am sure we can use it to our advantage with just a few caveats.

At Aloha, we try to harness the advantages of social media, by broadcasting information about our ongoing events, and testimonials by parents.

Our Math and English classes can be very useful for young children to gain more confidence in tackling these subjects at school. Do check out our website for more details: http://www.aloha-usa.com    

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What can you do to help your child cope with stress?

A fifth grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville, Michael Smrekar talks in this article about how expectations on today’s kids have become much higher than even a few years ago. He says today’s fifth graders are learning even pre-algebra skills which is a lot more than the parents of today’s kids did when they were young. Not just math, but even where reading levels are concerned, children are expected to read earlier and better than their predecessors.

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What can a parent do in this scenario? Here are some ways in which we can help our children cope with the stress, as well as understand it a bit better ourselves:

Communicate: This is the base skill most important for all parents. Try your best to set aside a part of each day, when you just “talk” to your child. From the happenings in school, and among friends, you will learn a lot of what goes on in your child’s day. As time goes on, if she feels that there is always a non-judgmental time she can share with you, you can hope that she’ll open up about anything that bothers her.

Keep track: Have regular discussions with your child and occasionally with his teacher if possible, so that you have an accurate idea of what is happening at school. This way, you can try to approach difficult subjects in advance to make your child more comfortable with them.

Get rid of preconceived expectations: In the same vein, do not form an opinion based on a report from school. Discuss with your child to understand what exactly the problem might be, and why he might not be doing well in a particular subject. This is the best approach to decide on whether extra coaching may be necessary, or even in a few cases to diagnose a learning disability. Parents are the best observers of their children, and can make a decision accordingly.

Extra-curricular activities: Set aside some time each week for an activity that would help your child to blow off some stress. Remember that this should not be just something that you would like her to learn, but something she loves as well. In this context, if you can find some games for children that emphasizes fun over competition, that would be the best option.

With these small tips, you can do your bit towards enabling your children in a high-pressure environment, and to help them perform to their best abilities.

Our Math and English classes at Aloha are tailored to coincide with the learning content at school, to help your child gain confidence in all subjects. Do have a look at our website for more details: http://www.aloha-usa.com

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5 math basics that will help your kid succeed in the subject

William Velez, the associate head for undergraduate affairs in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona, emphasizes the importance of mathematics in this article. This is very true, and even where younger children are concerned, providing them with a solid foundation in math will help them a lot. Here is a look at five of the basics of math, and how they help kids:

Numbers and counting: Starting with the basics, it is the knowledge of numbers that lays the foundation for handling more complex information in the world around as the child gets older.

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Collections and measurement: Grouping of data, as well as different ways of measuring data may sound like simple concepts, but we all know how important these are in any field of work as adults. When children get a clear understanding of these at a young age, they will find it much easier to handle later in life.

Algebra: This is one subject that most of us would have groaned about when we were young, but the applications of recognizing patterns and solving equations will start making a lot more sense along the way.

Geometry: Learning the concepts behind shapes, and using the same to solve problems in the spatial world can be a very exciting introduction for children. This not only provides a good foundation for engineering subjects later, it is also essential for basic skills such as assessing distances or reading a map.

Math Operations: From the initial wonder of holding up fingers for simple addition, to discovering the wonders of multiplication and division, even kids will easily understand the practical simple applications of these operations. When they learn to calculate the value of a yearned for toy, or how to save up their pocket money to afford it, it is a simplistic view of all the more complicated operations they would need to handle as they grow up.

Along with building a solid math foundation, if you are wondering how to make it more fun for your child to learn the fundamentals, do check out our math programs at ALOHA. We focus on providing the fundamentals in an interesting way, and our Abacus methodology also helps in overall brain development and improving confidence levels in your child. Please see our website for more details: http://www.aloha-usa.com

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First Week Back at School

Once all the back to school shopping is done, the new clothes are laid out; everything seems set for the new school year. As all parents know, the first week back at school can still be full of surprises, in spite of all our planning over the last weeks of summer. Here are a few back to school ideas you could try, to prepare for that first week back:

Communicate with the teacher: If you feel there is any information that would be useful for the teacher to have, write a simple note and send it with your child on the first day of school. This will help calm your child’s fears if any, and also help the teacher know what to expect. It would be great if the lesson plans for the first week back could be shared with you.

Try to meet classmates: If you have an idea of whom your child’s classmates are going to be, try to set up play-dates with some of them in the weeks before school starts. In this way, when school starts, there will be some familiar faces for your child to look forward to meeting.

Get a health check-up done: Make sure that your child has had all the necessary check-ups for her age, and in case of any allergy or other relevant medical information like Asthma, make cards for your child to keep on her person, as well as send along the information to the school nurse or whoever else is responsible.

Plan lunches for the week: One of the biggest stress factors on school mornings can be packing the lunches, if you aren’t prepared for it. Plan a lunch menu with your child for the week. Try to get it ready and in the fridge the previous night. If not, get all the components ready so that you just have to put it together in the morning. This saves a lot of time, and you can concentrate better on your child rather than the food. If your child eats lunch at school, here are some interesting ideas  from Huffington Post for school lunches.

Be ready to listen: Especially at times of transition such as starting middle or high school, your child will have a lot of information to process and understand and will want to discuss many of these with you, but only if you keep your ears open. It is very important that your child understands that you are always ready to listen without being judgmental, as this is the only way they will keep sharing with you as they keep growing up.

A great way to supplement what your child learns at school is by sending him to Abacus and English classes by Aloha USA. Please check our website for more details:

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How to Help Improve Your Child’s Concentration

Do you feel as though your child is not paying enough attention at school or while doing homework?  Conditions like ADHD in kids are a big concern for parents, especially when kids have problems focusing on their work. While this may be a possibility in a few cases, a lot of the time it is because of changes that occur as they are grow up and have more things to think about, as well as varying attention spans.

Here are some simple ways to try to improve our child’s concentration at home:

Basic needs: Make sure that all basic needs such as food and sleep are satisfactory, as these can be big factors which affect a child’s concentration. It is not easy to pay attention to anything much with a nagging stomach or with needing to yawn every 5 minutes. Once these are out of the way, it is much easier for you to understand how to improve your child’s concentration power.

Clear space: It is not easy for children to concentrate if the space around them is cluttered with toys or books, with something or the other attracting their attention away from the main assignment. In case a younger sibling is around, they should also not be a source of distraction, unless you can arrange for both to study quietly in the same environment.

Make things interesting: If the work that the child is involved in is a subject that is not so interesting for him, it is very natural for his attention to wander. If you feel this might be the case, then try to make the subject more interesting by introducing some fun activities related to the schoolwork. This could mean a new game on the iPad that touches on the same concepts, or even introducing a fun tool like the abacus to make math calculations more absorbing for the child.

Timeouts: On days when your child may have a lot of homework, do not try to make her sit and do it all at once. Fix a time period such as 20 or 30 minutes depending on how long you think your child’s attention span is and pick a timeout activity such as playing a short game, or just running around that will help your child recharge her batteries before getting down to serious work again.

Concentration exercises: If you feel that your child needs some additional help to him calm down and focus even after the above steps, teach him some relaxation and concentration exercises using techniques like yoga, which he can use to create a space for himself even in a crowded environment.

At Aloha USA, we offer classes in Abacus and English with an interesting and well-scheduled program that will help to keep your child’s attention and help improve their overall concentration. Please see our website for more details: http://www.aloha-usa.com

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The Importance of Homework

Much as we, ourselves may feel like moaning and groaning about it, as parents it is our responsibility to make our child understand why homework is important. Manychildren find it difficult to comprehend why they need to spend additional time at home doing schoolwork, after spending so many hoursdoing the same in school. Here are some of the benefits of homework to help us convey it better to our children.

Update parents: Home work assignments serve as the easiest way for parents to get to know what children are doing at school. If not for homework, the only way for parents to remain updated would be through periodic meetings with the teachers, which is not really an easy practice to achieve.

Practice makes perfect: When children practice the same math problem multiple times, it helps them understand the concepts better. Sometimes performing the same calculation in a relatively quieter environment helps to approach it more easily. Also in cases where parents may help with homework, they might give additional tips and tricks for tackling something that the child might find difficult otherwise.

Improves organizational skills: Scheduling when to do homework and even remembering to bring back the required books, are all small skills that the child picks up and that will help him or her in improving their organizational skills, as they grow older. Parents can also help by looking for ways in which we can make homework less of a chore, and work it into our daily schedule better. It should definitely not be used as a threat, or for holding back a treat, as this would make the child associate negativity with homework.

Teaches responsibility: As children grow up, they will start taking responsibility for their own homework, and you may just need to have a check to know what their schoolwork is all about. They will be answerable for non-completion or erroneous work, and this will also help them in being more responsible for their schoolwork and other activities.

Our Math and English classes at Aloha USA also use homework as an integral part of teaching your child. Please see our website for more details:http://www.aloha-usa.com.

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