Everyone knows that is vitally important to practice math on a regular basis. Mathnasium of Palo Alto Menlo Park has recently introduced a fantastic way to encourage your children to practice working with word problems every week. Word problems can be one of the most daunting challenges math students face: according to Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park Owner/Director Cathy Umana, “Of elementary and middle school students, over 90% struggle with word problems.” If your child struggles with word problems, make sure you give them as much support as possible. Word problems are an important precursor to real life problem solving, so it is important that your child have a strong foundation.
Word Problems + Probability = Cupcake!
In order to ensure your child overcomes this important hurdle, it is important to incorporate practicing word problems into your child’s routine. One great way practice word problems on a weekly basis it by going to the Mathnasium website and printing out the weekly word problems to do. Each week, 4 word problems are posted on the website, separated by grade level. Encourage your child to do the word problem at their grade level as well as the one above. What’s more, each week your child correctly answers a word problem, they are entered drawing for a free SusieCakes cupcake. This way, they are being challenged every week, not only by doing a word problem, something that the majority of students struggle with, but by stepping a little outside their comfort zone by doing a higher-level word problem. After a a month or two of doing word problems each week, your child will be well on their way to becoming an even stronger math student and an expert at solving word problems.
~ Mathin’ Catherin, April 4, 2013