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Building Mathematical Literacy at Home

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# Building Mathematical Literacy and Helping them to deal with Mathematics Homework

By RENY hANDAYANI

The Importance of Family Involvement

Doing Mathematics Together
For young shildren, emphasizing that Mathematics is all around us is very important. It will gain more engangement to children. These following activities are examples of things you can do at home to build the children s Mathematical literacy.
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Supporting mathematics Homework
Creating a positive climate at home is very important in supporting the children in dealing with mathematical problems they bring from school. This can be done by giving a chance to them to explain their ideas and ask question that make sense to them. Also make sure that they are not afraid to take risks and knnow that it is acceptable to struggle with and soome idedas and to make mistakes. Acknowledge the fatcs that Mathematics can be challenging at times and that persistence and haradwork are the keys to success in solving mathematical problems. Struggling at times in Mathematicsc is normal and is actually necessary to,and valluable in, understanading mathematicsc. We should responds in ways that keep the focus in thinking and reasoning rather than only on getting the right answer. Incorrect answers and ideas are not simply judged wrong. We need to help them identify parts of their thinking that may be correct. Sometime, this will even lead them to new ideas and solutions that are correct.

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These are some quentions and comments to support mathematics homework What s the problem you re working on? What do the directions say? What words or directions do you not understand? Where do you think you should begin? What do you already know that can help you work through the problem? What have you done so far? Where can we find help in your textbook or notes? Do you have similar problem to look at? Can you draw a picture or make a diagram? Can you explain what the teacher asked you to do? What problems like this one have you had before? Can you tell me where you a re stuck? Who can you call to get help? Can you solve it by using a calculator? Can you go on to another problem and come back to this one later? Where can we look for some help ont he internet? Can you go in before or after school for help from the teacher? (This will need agreement from the teachers previously to avoid children from neglecting doing their homework at home). Should we tackle this prolem another time?

(Source__ A Family s Guide: Fostering Your Child s Success in Schools mathematics)

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