Pinecone Active Learning
2921 The Villages Pkwy | San Jose 95135 | 408 270-4548 |
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PineconeMake Kindergarten Math Learning Fun

Math is not the easiest of subjects for young minds to master. There are some kids who have a natural affinity for it, but for many it is a tough task. Math is one of the foundation skills on which all academic progress is based; so, enabling young children to grasp the fundamentals of the subject, right from the kindergarten level, is critical. Obviously schools play a major role in this. And increasingly, tuition is being seen as a child friendly and stress-free way to empower children with the math basics. This will enable them to understand and internalize more complex mathematical issues and problems in their future years. Between school and tuition, parents can play a major role in helping their children learn math.

Here are a few examples of things that parents can do.

Create Opportunities for Counting

• Ask the child to look at the calendar and tell you how many days are left before a special event.
• Have the child help you count out the change needed when paying for something.
• Ask the child to keep track of the number of things being bought at the store and tell you the number when at the checkout counter.
• Let the child distribute cookies or biscuits to family members and ensure that everyone gets the same number.

Create Opportunities to Collect and Organize Information

• Ask the child to help you sort out the laundry
• When returning from the store, ask for help in sorting out the things you bought on the basis of the shape of the packets.
• Play a game by asking the child to find all the things that are in groups of 2 in the house - socks, gloves etc. Then go on to sets of 3 and so on.
• When outside, collect different categories of items like leaves, rocks, feathers and so on. When you get home, ask the child to sort out the items and count the number of each set.

Practice Reasoning

• Place a number of coins, buttons or the like in a straight line. Ask the child to count the number and then place the items in another shape - a square or circle etc. Now ask the child to tell you if the number has changed.
• Play games which involve doing sets of different activities like jumping, clapping etc. This is to teach them the importance of following a pattern and sequence.

Make Shapes and Measurements Fun

• Ask the child to find things that are of the same shape - squares, circles, triangles etc. - in the home. Expand this to the store as the child becomes more proficient.
• Set up a scavenger hunt with a large number of different shaped objects and ask the child to find all those of one specific shape.

Think about the many ways that math is used in your life every day. There will be lots of things you can simplify and make into a game or a form of practice for your children. Practice and repetition are the keys to understanding and internalization. Just be careful not to overdo things and make the child feel that he or she is "learning" and not playing a game or helping you out like a big boy or girl. Learning is easier when it is fun.

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At Pinecone Learning, we understand that the foundation tools of the learning process that are acquired at a young age are those that will last a lifetime. That is why our tutoring programs in writing, reading and math are geared towards providing children with the ability to master the foundation skills in a comfortable, stress free, yet effective manner. We use a combination of tested pedagogic techniques with cutting edge protocols to make the internalization of these skills a natural occurrence that becomes an integral part of the cognitive process. We present the basic elements of each subject in a step-by-step, sequential manner that is manageable for the students. Categorized topics are used to help them brainstorm for ideas.

Practice helps them to become familiar with the concepts they use. The students are then guided through the refinement stage where they are able to polish their abilities and use what they have learned effectively. The approach is a holistic one with the aim of enabling the children to learn and apply their newly acquired knowledge in ways that will benefit them scholastically and also in life.

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childPinecone's methodology is to run the two foundation programs of Math and Reading at a pace which allows the child to assimilate the subject matter and apply the newly acquired skills to practical problem solving. The coaching is structured so that the child is able to reason for him/herself to achieve the highest level of comprehension. Regular practice and support instill self confidence and stimulate an eagerness to progress to the next level. Each student is guided to anticipate and surmount hurdles consistent with present day education. The end result is a happy and confident child who is justifiably proud of his or her academic achievements.

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About Vivian Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs is a qualified educator with an M.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and 30 years of experience in math and research design. Children's education and research into the best learning methods have always been at the forefront of her career.

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