5 Things to Avoid When Coaching Math Skills

Are You Coaching Your Child in Math?

While you are on your journey to help your child acquire early math skills, here are 5 dangers to avoid when coaching your child math skills:



1. Blind Practice


Blind practice happens when your child practices the same type of questions over and over again without thinking. If you see your child doing the same type of questions but he/she is unable to explain the rationale behind the problem, perhaps, they are just practicing for the sake of practicing.


During our PlayFACTO programme for children 6 to 10, we get them to reflect after each session to get them to think and reflect on what they have learned. This promotes critical thinking skills that are helpful for math problem sums.


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Through strategies such as gamification, your child goes through the process of reflection during the game itself. The reflection sheet allows for them to pen their ideas.


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2. Using only practice papers


Learning Math works best when your child is able to associate math concepts to daily life. The more they are able to link math to other concepts, the more they are able to use and apply math whether they are as young as 3 all the way to the time they hit 103!


In our CM classes, we use a plethora of stories, analogies, games, music, crafts, etc. All this is done so that your child will find multiple ways and methods of using the same concept over and over again.


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In this big book, children are exposed to stories that they are familiar with.



3. Focusing on completion


Math is like a game.


Completing the game might be an amazing accomplishment. However, the process of running quests, hanging out in teams and battling bosses together make the game far more engaging than doing it alone.


Why not make your child’s next math practice a game at home. Over at our PlayFACTO Kids classes, all our manipulative are used to play FOUR different games before your child moves on to a new manipulative for the month.


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Tangram games played with 2 or more friends make learning far more enjoyable.


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4. Expecting only ONE answer


I remember when we were younger and busy mugging for our tests, we had to provide only ONE answer. This made sense as we were attempting tests for the purpose of testing our understanding. This is done for our PlayFACTO Programme for children 6 to 10.


However, before any assessment, we challenge students to APPLY concepts through the use of activities and manipulatives. This is helpful as they provide a concrete object for children to relate abstract math concepts.


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In the diagram above, we see how children apply concept with manipulatives, so they are able to “see” the difference.




4. Getting the RIGHT Answer


Part of the requirement of primary school math requires children to provide workings to showcase a child’s thought process. However, training this thought process requires children to think of multiple solutions using a single math concept.

One manipulative set allows children to manipulate numbers so that it is easier for them to monitor their thought processes.

One simple way of developing this skillset is to learn chess!

Through the use of chess, children pick up vital thinking skills that get them to think of multiple ways of starting the game and end the game.


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