Studies show that early math skills are highly beneficial to your children beyond just school performance, so naturally you want to teach your child math concepts early to give them the best edge throughout their life and career. One of the best way to get started is to introduce your children to a number line.
Math for Preschoolers : What’s a Number Line?
A number line is a series of numbers placed on a straight line in order from least to greatest.
The Number Line is a Great Way to Introduce Addition
You can introduce your preschoolers to number lines to teach them simple things like addition and subtraction. When you’re starting out, those simple addition problems that may seem so familiar to adults may be something entirely unfamiliar to your young preschool or kindergarten age student.
Watch this video and get your children counting with number lines!
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Registration of children for admission to Primary One classes in 2021 will open on Wednesday, 1 July 2020. Other than choosing the ‘right’ school, one of the questions that parents have to ask themselves is “How can we prepare our children (academically) for school?”
If you are a parent, having a child or children living in the 21st century, there are definitely a few key skills that you will most definitely need to empower them to have so that they can succeed in this digital era. Skills such as the ability to think critically and problem solving will be key.
In Singapore, in anticipation for the fourth industrial revolution, our schools are focusing on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Demand for these skills is rapidly increasing in this highly competitive future world.Learning mathematics is the foundation for every STEM education system that aims to prepare its learners for a productive life in the 21st century.Like many other countries, our children need to have a strong grounding in mathematics and a talent pool in mathematics are essential to support the wide range of value-added economic activities and innovations. Many countries are paying attention to the quality of their mathematics education. The growing interest in TIMSS and PISA speaks of the global interest and importance placed on mathematics education.
What will children learn for Math in Primary One?
The Primary 1 Maths syllabus consists of the main areas: whole numbers, money, measurement & geometry and statistics.
1. WHOLE NUMBERS: Numbers up to 100
> Children must be able to count to tell the number of objects in a given set
>Number notation, representations and place values (tens, ones)
>Reading and writing numbers in numerals and in words
>Comparing the number of objects in two or more sets
>Comparing and ordering numbers
>Patterns in number sequences
>Ordinal numbers (first, second, up to tenth) and symbols (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc)
>Number bonds for numbers up to 10
2. Addition and subtraction
>Concepts of addition and subtraction
>How to use +, – and =
>Relationship between addition and subtraction
>Adding more than two 1-digit numbers
>Addition and subtraction within 100
>Adding and subtracting using algorithms
>Solving 1-step word problems involving addition and subtraction within 20
>Mental calculation involving addition and subtraction (within 20, of a 2-digit number and ones without renaming and of a 2-digit number and tens)
3.Multiplication and Division
>Concepts of multiplication and division
>Use of x
>Multiplying within 40
>Dividing within 20
>Solving 1-step word problems involving multiplication and division with pictorial representation
4.Calculation with Money
>Counting amount of money (in cents up to $1 and in dollars up to $100)
>Solving 1-step word problems involving addition and subtraction of money in dollars only (or in cents only)
4. Learn about about Measurement and Geometry Measurement
>Length – Measuring and comparing the length of objects in non-standard units
>Time – Telling time to the hour/half hour Geometry
>Shapes – Identifying, naming, describing and classifying 2D shapes (rectangle, square, circle, and triangle)
>Making or completing patterns with 2D shapes according to one or two of the following attributes size, shape, colour and orientation 4.Statistics
Data representation and interpretation
>Picture graphs – reading and interpreting data from picture graphs
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Should your child take an IQ test? A somewhat controversial topic indeed. Shouldn’t we just let kids be kids? Why do we have to pigeon hole them and make them take IQ tests? In 2016, an 11-year old girl Anushka Dixit from London received a near perfect score of 162 when she took a Mensa quiz. This is higher than Albert Einstein who (only) had an IQ of 160. In Singapore, MENSA has observed a surge in the number of young children joining. 25% of Mensa members in Singapore are under the age of 12. The number of high IQ Singapore children has increased rather significantly over the years, in fact, the number of ‘gifted’ children has tripled since three years ago.
Are there signs to show that your child may have a high IQ?
Some experts have shared that it is possible to identify if your child has high IQ by going through the following 5 points checklist:
1. Excellent Memory
If your child has a memory of an elephant, it may be a sign that he or she has above-average intelligence. It has been said that “The number of things people can remember is robustly correlated with fluid intelligence — the larger number remembered, the higher the IQ,” said Edward Awh, a psychology professor and a member of the Oregon Visual Working Memory & Attention Lab.
2. Early Reading Skills
Are early readers gifted? Can your child identify sight words before the age of four? According to Harvard researchers, by the time children enter formal education, it is estimated that they know the meaning of about 5,000 to 6,000 words when they hear them, and can probably recognize in print a handful of easily memorized “sight words” — words like “the” and “to” and “stop” that pop up often in books and on signs and menus. But if your child seems to have a natural ability to remember sight words, chances are your child may just be gifted.
Curiosity is the ability to seek and acquire new knowledge, skills, and ways of understanding the world. It is at the heart of what motivates young people to learn and what keeps them learning throughout their lives. Children who ask a lot of questions are demonstrating an innate desire to learn. As they seek out opportunities to learn wherever they are, they further develop their minds and intellect.
4. Sense of Humor
Great men like Churchill and Lincoln are known for having a great sense of humour. Many of Winston Churchill’s most famous quotes are the funny quips that revealed his wit. According to BBC-News, the tell-tale signs of a genius child is through his wit.
5. Sets High Standards
Is your child a perfectionist? Does he or she tend to set a high bar for themselves. They have an instinctual need to improve and do better in areas that matter to them. This drive also assists them in learning new skills and school subjects to the best of their ability. Being hyper-focused in specific areas of interest can also be a sign of a high IQ.
What is the advantage of having your child take an IQ test?
The original intention behind the IQ tests (developed in 1905 by Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon in France) was to get a diagnostic test that can help to select children at the lower ends of the intelligence scale, identify who might need special education to keep up with the school curriculum or if they may have certain learning disabilities that parents need to be aware of. It has since evolved to become an association with being a genius after Professor Lewis M. Terman from Stanford University translated it from French to English and termed it as the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale.
Believe it or not, there are some benefits to letting your children take an IQ test. The main advantage of the intelligence tests is primarily to help you understand your child’s hidden potential or identify special needs. Having your child take an IQ test will also allow parents to understand their children’s specific strengths, what he or she is weak at, and how to what kind of curriculum would best fit your child’s abilities. Some parents may observe that their children are claiming he or she feels bored in class. This may just be a sign that your child needs a more appropriately match curriculum and instruction, taking an IQ test will then be beneficial as you would be able to have evidence of his or her learning capacity before you decide on your next course of action.
Are all kids with high IQ successful?
Does a having a high IQ score mean that a child will become the crème de la crème? Will they go on to change the world, go on to do great things like the two greatest scientists Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein? According to the Genetic Literacy Project, studied a sample of close to 2000 boys and girls who have an average IQ of 151. None of them grew up to be what most people would see as ‘exemplars of genius’. Most of the children grew up to become professors, doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, and other professionals. At this point, it may be worthy to note that Elon Musk (the almost infamous TESLA dude that plans to bring mankind to Mars), has an IQ that is estimated to be close to 160. Observers have conjured this IQ score based primarily on his earlier aptitude tests, his ability to read and apply technical information, and his ability to use numbers to make process changes the engineering and space industry.
In Asian countries like Singapore, where education has been a national pride for decades, the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) has been thought synonymously as a programme for children of high IQ, was developed to nurture intellectually gifted students. The pioneer batch of the GEP selection test saw 40,000 Primary 3 students taking the GEP test in September 1983. Only a mere 100 best were chosen to pilot the Primary 4 Gifted Education Programme at Raffles Girls’ Primary School and Rosyth School.
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If you don’t already know, robots will wipe up 20 million jobs around the world by 2030. The current pandemic is only going to further accelerate the situation.
How can you prepare your preschoolers and give them a head start in what Singapore herald as ‘The Fourth Revolution’?
“I wish I known this earlier.” These were the words of Mdm Georgette Chang as she left the auditorium hurriedly. “I’m running late in picking up my five-year-old from kindergarten. He has a violin class later. It’s another busy day!” says the immaculately dressed trophy mom as she puts her foot on the accelerator pedal of her sleeky Mercedes SLK and sped off.
Georgette is a well-heeled and devotedly ‘kiasu’ mother of two. A former Ivy League technopreneur who manages a successful fintech company with her husband. She runs her household like clockwork with the support of two domestic helpers but she still very much prefers to be hands-on and tasks herself to run daily routines like sending and fetching her five-year-old and twelve-year-old from school to enrichment centres.
So, what exactly did Mummy Georgette learn today?
Turns out she attended a parenting seminar where she found out how the importance of pattern recognition in early education and how to help equip her children with the right skills so that they can succeed in the not-too-distant future which will be powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation.
“It all boils down to pattern recognition. And you have to start them young. I missed the boat with my elder one.” she says with a huff.
Why is pattern recognition important? Children learn to identify, create, copy, and extend patterns through their repeated daily activities. Pattern recognition is the foundation and the basis of learning. From birth, children starts to recognise various objects around it, learning how to react and respond to their environment by identifying patterns.
Integrating five-minute patterning activities into your daily schedule is not only fun for children, but also helps them to be aware of patterns in their daily surroundings.
How can learning pattern recognition benefit your children?
When your children start to understand what makes a pattern, how to mimic and copy patterns, eventually making their own, all these skills will not only enhance their understanding of maths but also empower them in areas like art, music, physical movements. Pattern recognition skills such as being able to order from shortest to longest, smallest to largest, things like sorting and categorizing all helps children to understand rhythm and repetition.
Why is pattern recognition so important for our alpha-generation of digital natives? The future for our kids is technology. For parents who wish to nurture children towards technology-related fields need to first start their children from young. Pattern is everything around in this digital world. A pattern can either be seen physically or it can be observed mathematically by applying algorithms.
Take the test: How good are you with Pattern Recognition? Can you read this?
I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt! See if yuor fdreins can raed tihs too.
Can you read it effortlessly? Most probably you can. The jumbling of the letters in the individual words pose no barrier to your recognizing the original words in the jumbled text.
According to Quora, keeping the first and the last letter of every word untouched, all the other letters in every word have been scrambled randomly. But your mind ignores this scrambling and effortlessly identifies each of the words and continues to read the whole passage without any significant hitch.
According to experts, this example shows the inherent pattern recognition power of your mind in language understanding and is in the domain of Cognitive Science or Artificial Intelligence.
The significance of Pattern Recognition is ubiquitous, it is everywhere in our daily life- pattern recognition plays an imperative role: reading texts, identifying people, retrieving objects to basic life skills like directional navigation.
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Raising a child is no easy feat. Parents play a pivotal role in shaping a conducive environment and ensuring they are exposed to valuable experiences – those that induce worthy values and virtues.
These are some things that we can do to give your children the best, all of which they would be much grateful for when they recall their childhood in years to come.
1. Let children play
According to The Tibetan Art of Parenting: From Before Conception Through Early Childhood (2008), by Anne Maiden Brown, PhD who is also psychotherapist and social psychologist , a child has a natural phase of simplicity of mind before it is developmentally ready to interrelate experiences, senses, emotions and thoughts with its situation and past experiences. As we progress into the modern era of technology, it is a sad reality that many children never fully get to enjoy the innocence of childhood – looking forward to physical play time and immersing in care-free imagination like the olden days.
So let your children enjoy their physical activities with you. Don’t neglect the imitation, memorization, touch and movement. These are the memories that your children will look back to fondly which will support them when they grow older.
2. Nurturing the environment
The environment for learning needs to be clean and nurturing. Mistakes need to be corrected without judgement. Children are vulnerable to impressions and need to be protected and healed when they experience fearful or intruding images.
Focus on the core values. Compassion, honesty and sharing are valued qualities in children and can be instilled in young children through their natural imitations of adults through discipline as needed and through recognition and celebration of prized behaviours.
3. Exploring the world through stories
Studies have shown that reading is an important activity for your children to engage in throughout their childhood. Not only does it stimulate the development of skills such as speech and writing, it also encourages cognitive thinking and creativity.
If they are still young, read together with them and take the opportunity to teach them new words as you go along. Most often than not, children books also encompass good values that can teach your children right from wrong, so this doubles up as an opportunity to foster ethics for their personal development.
Listening to audiobooks can help bridge the gap between decoding words and assigning meaning. Receiving information both visually and audibly reinforces word recognition, improves fluency, builds vocabulary and supports the development of comprehension skills.
4. Allow them to pursue their passion
As parents, we want our kids to have the best in their lives and have the capacity to pursue their dreams. However, more often than not, many youths and adults hold back on their dreams.
Encourage them from the get-go. As your children ponder upon their options, the best advice is: Risk everything. Plans B, C, D, and E will always be there. Grab Plan A.
Above all, the truly irreplaceable gift you can ever give your child is unconditional love. Offer your presence – always encourage, always comfort.
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