In his book, Issues in Teaching Numeracy in Primary School, Ian Thompson states some basic reasons why mental calculations are necessary: Mental arithmetic develops and promotes a better understanding of numbers. Mental calculations encourage children to develop short cuts to solve number problems, and in doing so, they gain a greater insight into the workings of numbers.
As I have mentioned in previous post, it is vital that children have experience of problem solving. Problem solving involves children applying common sense, logic, experience and prior knowledge in order to solve problems in a variety of situations. Problem solving in numeracy often includes numeracy that a child has learned and understood. However, the numeracy problem often [...]
Numeracy is part of our every day life. Helping children to see numeracy as part of their life can help tremendously with their understanding and their enjoyment of numeracy. There are many opportunities to use numeracy which will help your child to develop problem solving skills and mental arithmetic. 1: Watch, participate or go to sporting events [...]
Mental arithmetic. If your child is not confident at doing mental arithmetic they will find tests and exams in primary school more difficult. Exposure to mental arithmetic and problem solving means that your child will become familiar and more capable of answering mental arithmetic questions.
Get updates to help your child with numeracy. Sign up via email today. Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner A hundred number square is a great way to help kids to investigate and identify number patterns and so help with numeracy. The squares helps children to visually see what is going on , for [...]