Basic Maths Concepts Every Parent Should Know

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This is the place to learn Basic Math concepts for parents, teachers, grandparents, students and even adult learners.

There are also lots and lots of free, fun Math resources and games for you to use to teach Math to young children.

If you are looking beyond textbooks, assessment books and worksheets, then this is the place for you! This site is for anyone who wants a clearer understanding of elementary school Math.

Explanations of complex Math concepts are broken down for easy learning.

Each elementary Math concept is explained in various ways so your child can understand it in the way that suits him or her.

Children have too much written work at school, so I have included lots of learning games for your child to practice what he or she has learnt.

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Your support reduces your child's stress.

Playing games is a good way for families and friends to bond while learning.

The best way for children to learn is through brief, regular practice with lots of repetition. That's the best way to learn anything without stress. Make learning a family affair. 

Our goal is make basic Math easy to understand and fun to learn for both you and your child.

  Celebrate the amount of effort your child puts in and the results will follow. Success in Math will only come about when your child has the confidence to try, enjoys tackling problems and has a sense of purpose when striving to master Math concepts.

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Grandparents, babysitters, friends, aunts, uncles can also enjoy these games together with your child. Adults may also find the games a little challenging. It's not as easy as it looks!

Memory Game

Find the Sum

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You can also use the flashcards and games found here to organize Math clubs with the kids in your neighborhood.

The best way to teach your child is to go through the topics systematically as they appear in the navigation on the left. Each topic builds the foundation needed for harder concepts.

Even if your child is already good in Math, it is advisable to go through all the topics to plug any gaps he or she might have or strengthen his or her understanding.

Children thrive on lots of encouragement. Always ask your child to explain how he or she arrived at the answer.

This shows your child that you are paying attention to him/her and that his/her effort is worthwhile

Explaining also helps children improve their thinking skills and clarify their thinking.

Click on the picture for some Fun Math questions

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Let me give you a quick overview of this site. It’s a work-in-progress so bookmark this page and come back for new tips and strategies. Remember to refresh the page the see the changes.

You can click on the topics in the navigation panel on the left of the page (at the bottom if you're using your mobile or tablet) or you can read the descriptions of some of the topics below.

You can also use the search box to look for a particular topic.

Number Sense

Numbers are at the heart of elementary Math just like the alphabet is at the heart of the English language. In order to really understand numbers, they must have meaning.

Children learn Math better if they can understand what it all means. In this topic we start with the very basic concept of counting. One of the best ways to help your child learn to count is through games.

  1. Counting Numbers
  2. Numerals
  3. Counting Backwards
  4. Skip Counting
  5. Counting Games
  6. Basic Math Skills
  7. Using a Number Line
  8. Consecutive Numbers
  9. Ordinal Numbers
  10. Ordering Numbers
  11. Comparing Numbers
  12. Digits and Place Value
  13. Rounding Off Numbers

Click here to learn more about Number Sense.

Print out these free cards, shown below, to play with your child.

Addition

In elementary Math, Addition is usually the first mathematical operation your child learns after learning to count.

A mathematical operation is something you can do with numbers; it allows you to manipulate numbers.

Addition allows you to combine numbers to make bigger numbers. The result is called the sum or total.

  1. Using Real Objects
  2. Number Bonds
  3. Mental Math
  4. Drawing Models
  5. Writing an Addition Statement
  6. Using a Number Line
  7. Using Place Value

Click here to go to Addition.

Subtraction

Subtraction is closely related to Addition. They are like 2 sides of the same coin. This idea is clearly shown in the concept of Number Bonds.

Once your child understands how Addition and Subtraction are linked, it will be easier for her to understand more complex Basic Math concepts later on.

  1. Using Real Objects
  2. Number Bonds
  3. Drawing Models
  4. Understanding a Subtraction Statement
  5. Using a Number Line
  6. Subtraction vs Addition
  7. Questions on More or Less
  8. Learn to Subtract Bigger Numbers

Click here to go to Subtraction

Math Terms

This is a list of Math Terms that your child needs to understand in order to handle problem sums.

Some of the terms in the list: addend, factor, multiple, numerator and many more.

Click here to go to Math Terms.



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