It brings us immense pleasure to inform you that Math Buddy now has a complete fresh new look. Our team has been working very hard the last few weeks to create a new colorful layout with useful widgets that provide clear and updated information.
There is a new Math Buddy Wall of Fame that shows the top ten students for the past 7 days in terms of points collected. Students can collect points by playing with activities, doing smart sheets and assessments. We believe this will encourage students to try their best in getting their names on the Wall of Fame, and during this process, they will get lots and lots of practice with math concepts.
In addition to Wall of Fame, we have also added a column called Breaking News which has been designed to highlight any achievements, such as getting on the leader board of any activity or improving their position on the leader board etc. Again, the intent is to make it interesting for students and encouraging them to use the system more and more.
Our objective, as always, has been to add features that will help make students enjoy learning and practicing math.
We will be happy to hear your feedback and any suggestions that will help us further improve the system.
Math Buddy Team
Five year old Sara is playing with three dolls that came from a set of four.
Passing by, her teacher inquires, “Where is the other doll?”Her teacher overheard Sara saying, “[Pointing to each doll] I’m calling you ‘one.’ You’re ‘two’ and ‘three’. Where is your sister, ‘four’?”
She got engaged with dolls for another minute. “Oh! Here you are ‘Four’.”
Sara, a small girl, incorporated counting to keep track of her dolls. She has unknowingly learnt the basics of counting. Children’s play happens to be their foremost source of ‘pre-mathematical’ experience.
Children start developing math concepts at a very initial stage; which help them in spontaneous recognition and identification of numbers. They usually get into schools with varied levels of math capabilities and understanding. Some are able to understand the crux of concepts without much effort but there are a few who need additional support.
There are some children who would get too much confused and perplexed with math, they seem to be lost completely. That’s a simple case of weak math basics. Without a solid math foundation children will probably get troubled every now and then.
Over the period of time children develop an attitude towards math. These beliefs influence their thinking towards math which is reflected in later years. The “don’t know or don’t understand” factor in a child can develop math anxiety and could make math scarier. A not so strong math foundation may become increasingly difficult and confusing for children, which eventually would end up in poor grades.
Therefore, there has to be a systematic approach to meet the requirements of understanding the concepts, like,
Developing plan of action – A specific and clear action plan is more likely to succeed. Making children understand the process and techniques will encourage them and once they understand the concept they will be able to raise their difficulty level for any given topic.
Measurable goals – Measurable goals are critically essential so that children can have multiple goals on the way to achieving the big goal.
Student preferred learning style – Each child has different capabilities and has a unique way to understand. Teachers use multi-sensory approach because they deal with many students at one point of time. It includes many techniques like,
- Colorful illustrations
- Verbal description
- Study material
- Group activities
- Animations and flash programs
Liberty for exploration – Math is a continuous process of exploration which deals with techniques and skills that result in correct or incorrect answer. Teachers can help children in developing this attitude.
Celebrating on small success – Pat your back when you understand how the concept works for those you had memorized earlier. Feel good when you feel less anxious next time you open your math book. The idea is to build up your confidence that, “You can do Math”.
Math Buddy has been created to build strong math foundation for children. Our curriculum and activities are exclusively designed to provide complete assistance for deep understanding of concepts. Click here to learn more about Math Buddy.
As teachers, we put in all our efforts to explain the different concepts in mathematics. We all want our students to see the why as well as how a particular concept works. The most important fact to bring out in our classrooms is that math is not confined to what is given in the text books. Math has got a universal presence and we can see it in everything that we do in real life.
In this context, it helps to take a minute to think about the purpose of teaching math. Is it to finish the curriculum or to make a student capable of doing well in his exams? While these are important, these cannot be the ultimate goal of a teacher. Our prime objective should be to make students competent enough to navigate their lives in this complex world. Understanding math concepts and relating to every day life can really make a difference in a student’s life. For example, learning concepts in number system, decimals, measurement are all important in helping him/her handle money effectively (in the form of loan, tax, credit, budget etc) in their later life. While students may not necessarily appreciate algebra immediately, the concepts of algebra play an important role in every sphere of life. For example, when buying a car or a home, we need to compare the various loan options available, and graphing the various options immediately helps us choose the best option.
As teachers, we need to let our students see the beauty of math, or at the very least, make sure that they do not develop negative feelings towards math. Conceptual understanding is most essential to achieve this end. With technology, there are just so many things that can be done to help students visualize and understand the concepts.
Math Buddy ‘Classroom Plus’ is one such program that really helps teachers and students enjoy teaching and learning math concepts. There are over a 1000 curriculum aligned interactive activities designed to help students understand and practice math concepts. Teachers can assign activities, smart sheets or customized assessments to students, and track their usage and performance online. Teachers can identify the trouble spots and take remedial actions to help students. Almost 70 to 80 percent of the activities in Math Buddy are designed to help children practice the various skills by playing with the activities and getting their names on the leaderboard for that activity. During this process, they not only practice the concepts repeatedly, but also have lots of fun doing so.
Math is not drudgery, nor something which is just confined to what is given in the textbooks. Let us do our best to help make mathematics easier to understand and make sense to our kids. This alone can make quite a difference and kids will start developing an interest and love for Mathematics.
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Relying only on the textbook that is provided for students in most schools may not be enough in order for them to have the successful educational experience that you want. Students can benefit from a variety of supplementary resource materials, and you may not even realize what resources are available to you. You can find resources that will help your child prepare for tests, learn more about topics they are studying, and master the concepts that are presented to them, in any subject. This will make your student’s educational experiences run as smoothly as possible.
One of the first places that you should look is your child’s classroom. Talk with his or her teachers about the areas in which your student is struggling and ask the teacher if there are supplementary materials that may be useful for these purposes. There may be workbooks, textbooks, flashcards, websites or computer programs that you can check out from your child’s classroom for use during extra practice time at home. Even if your child’s teacher does not have what you need, he or she can probably point you in the right direction. This direction may be another educator, such as the department head for the subject area, a skills specialist, or a curriculum supervisor. These administrative positions have been added in recent years, as the emphasis on benchmark and standardized tests has increased. Find out what professionals are on staff to help you with your search for better resources.
Computer software programs can go a long way in helping your child master difficult concepts. Making practice fun is a great way to encourage your student to work hard. Check out websites like MathBuddyOnline that offer educational activities designed by experts to assist your student. You can also find information online about how to best teach specific topics. The Internet is a fantastic resource if you know where to look. Look for sites designed for educators and resources intended for homeschooling families. You might also find information at your State’s Department of Education website.
The textbook can be a valuable resource, when used in a way that maximizes its effectiveness. Familiarize yourself with the content of your child’s textbook so that you know how to use it to the best advantage. Check to see how the chapters are laid out, in terms of vocabulary words, review sections, practice tests, examples, etc. Does your child’s textbook have an accompanying workbook for extra practice available? Is there a CD Rom available, or a website? Take a look at the publisher’s website and you can often find more exercises and other supplementary material. Use all of the sections of the textbook to find out which are most effective for your child.
The library is an excellent source of educational resources. You can find a wide variety of magazines and newspapers to supplement your child’s education, as well as books on any topic he or she may be studying. Ask the librarian what else is available and take advantage of all that your library has to offer. For older students, a local college or university may also be a great source of educational resources. With a little searching, you may find other local sources of valuable information, including natural history and fine arts museums, zoos, symphonies and orchestras, theaters, and other similar places. Don’t forget fun resources, like board games, computer games and toys! These education-centered products make learning fun for children of all ages. When you use resources to maximize your student’s education, you help them to have the best possible chance for successful learning.
The following is an extract from a wonderful book titled ‘Wonderful Ways to Love a Child’ by Judy Ford.
We all need encouragement.. you do and so does your child. In some ways we are all helpless little people trying to cope with a complex world. The rules change practically every day and it’s hard to keep up. No one needs encouragement more than children. There are so many pressures and temptations that they need all the support we can give. Whatever they try to do, stand behind them. Let them know you believe they can accomplish their goal by saying, “I think you can do it.” Acknowledge their accomplishments, however small.
Be careful not to confuse encouraging with pushing. Too often I see parents who are actually discouraging their child by pushing the things they care about rather than letting the child fulfill his or her own desires.
Don’t try to persuade your child to follow your dreams by saying, “I’d rather you become and engineer,” to her desire to become an editor. When you encourage, you inspire your child to be herself. If she has a dream, tell her it’s a wonderful dream…no matter what. Don’t knock it and don’t put fear into her by saying, “There aren’t that many jobs for astronauts.”
Children have goals and ambitions of their own. Your job is to cheer them on. And don’t forget to recognize their efforts. Such words as, “I trust you to know what is right for you,” are music to the ears of children and echo the message: It’s okay to discover who you are and to find out what you’re about. With such uplifting coaching from you, even when they have a setback, they won’t be pessimistic for long.
Love them and believe in them totally. Use words like, “Whatever you are wishing for, we wish for you.” With this kind of loving backup, you will be a light of inspiration guiding your children as they become what they are capable of being.