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# Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help for Puzzled Parents

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Homework Help for Puzzled Parent. And in any case, things have changed: Of all the subjects covered at school, math is the one that worries parents the most. But there are many parents who are at least competent, often very good, at math, and they have a different worry. They do it differently at school these days. Attempts by Dad to demonstrate subtraction by adding one and paying ten at the bottom are met by a glazed look from a bewildered child, who finally goes to Mom saying, "Dad is just confusing me.

Some math is very easy to justify because it has obvious applications in life. The problems begin to arise with math that is more abstract. When are they going to need to know about prime numbers? How could knowing the internal angles of a pentagon ever be of practical use to them?

Is there a "point" to reading poetry? Playing football, climbing a mountain, and many other enjoyable pursuits usually feature many moments of discomfort, frustration, even pain, but without them the whole experience would be less rewarding. In most schools, the days are gone when math lessons were endless pages of sums to be done in silence, using techniques for addition and multiplication that dated back hundreds of years. Long periods of silence are rare, even in math lessons.

The techniques have changed, too. Most parents were taught the method of "long multiplication," and many still use it to do calculations on the back of an envelope. It is, if you like, a black box for which you turn the handle and the correct answer comes out at the far end you hope. Today, the emphasis in schools is on teaching methods that help children to understand the underlying math, thus in theory reducing the chance of their making mistakes, and building a foundation for understanding more complicated mathematics later on.

This move from learning techniques - learning how - to understanding the math behind them - learning why - came about for several reasons. Make math part of everyday life, and your 3- to year-old will have much happier sailing through these years, says Rob Eastaway, co-author with Mike Askew of "Old Dogs, New Math: Math can be seen by some parents as little more than arithmetic, when it is actually a creative and imaginative subject, says Eastaway, a London-based parent of three.

Eastaway, author of six books on math, frequently lectures educators on the subject. With mom and dad, or grandparents, aunts or uncles, children can learn real math that is enjoyable, he says.

Do it out of the house," Eastaway says. Sneak math casually into everyday life. How he does it: When walking along the street with his 5-year-old, they read house numbers.

What are "open number lines, decomposing" and "nets, " and how do you multiply on a grid? Paperback , pages. Published September 14th by Experiment first published September 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Old Dogs, New Math , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 23, Catherine Mikkelsen rated it really liked it. I am appalled at how math is taught in our school system. We ended up going absolutely alternative, but when we were dealing with ordinary math, this book was a help.

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