Wait. That's Multiplication?

When today’s adults were in elementary school they probably learned to multiply in much the same way. Today, however, children in the US are often taught methods of multiplication that their parents have never seen, and, frankly, may not understand. This article is dedicated to all those parents who have looked at their children’s math homework with a puzzled expression and wondered, “What the heck is that?” For everyone else, I hope you find it interesting to learn a few new ways of doing multiplication! A future article will highlight some alternative methods for doing other basic operations.

Specific Strategies for Developing Estimation Skills

According to the Standards published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, designed to guide math education, “Continual emphasis on computational estimation helps children develop creative and flexible thought processes and fosters in them a sense of mathematical power.” It isn’t just for getting a decent approximation; it’s a crucial tool for helping children strengthen their fundamental understanding of, and facility with, numbers.

Helping Your Child Succeed in Math: Part One

In our society, it’s not uncommon to hear someone say, jokingly, “I was always terrible at math!” But could you imagine chatting with someone at a dinner party and hearing them say, “I was always terrible at reading?” It has become perfectly acceptable to belittle mathematics, to joke about hating it or being terrible at it, as if it’s a nuisance one had to endure when younger, but now in adulthood it’s unnecessary.