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What are the Best Math teaching aids for your child?

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1. Introduction
2. What are teaching aids in maths?
3. Summary
4. About Cuemath
5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
6. External References

26 December 2019

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Introduction

Are you having trouble teaching math?


Is your child struggling to grasp math concepts?
 

Are you using teaching aids? 

Math is a very visual topic. The traditional way classrooms teach math makes it challenging for students to see the application of concepts. This is why they often either fear the subject or lose interest.

Child struggling to learn without teaching aids

Instead of sticking to traditional teaching methods, try to add some teaching aids for your child’s math classes. You will see that children not only grasp concepts better but also enjoy learning math.

Child enjoying learning with teaching aids

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What are teaching aids in maths?

Blocks, rods & flats for numbers & operations

When teaching numbers, it’s always easier to say, “I have 10 chocolates in one hand and two in the other.” instead of “Which is greater, 10 or 2?”

To introduce numbers seamlessly, you can use blocks, rods, and flats. Each block represents 1 unit, each rod represents 10 units, and each flat represents 100 units. A student sees how 1 block is smaller than 1 rod, but 10 blocks together would be equal to 1 rod.

Students can understand the scale of numbers because it’s physically impossible to show 100 chocolates in one hand.

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How to build mental agility with fun?

Technology is an essential facet in today’s world, and students love playing games on tabs and smartphones. There are many free games like the Peak Brain Training app, which consists of multiple brain exercises to keep it sharp.

Cuemath App as a teaching aid

Cuemath App

Cuemath Teachers use the CueMath app on Android, and on IOS which has a plethora of exercises that help students improve their mental ability. You can download our app to enhance your child’s mathematical skills and strengthen his/her mind with our Math Gym.

 

Blocks to learn fractions and decimals

Even fractions can be visualized using blocks. Take the previous example where 10 blocks make 1 rod. Students can see that 1 block would be 1/10 of a rod. Apart from this, you can also make use of Cuemath’s fraction blocks as shown in the video below

 

Are you using puzzles to build reasoning?

Puzzles build interest among students. A lot of free puzzles are available online, you could distribute them among your students and watch how they reason out answers. Ask your child to involve his friends and encourage them to work together and come up with answers. Discuss the possibilities of these answers and your child will become more engaged and excited about learning math.

Youngster in classroom with puzzle as teaching aid

You can find our math puzzles here:

 

3D Shapes

Introduce the concept of geometry through actual shapes. This is a much better approach than just textbook images. The shapes help students visualize 3D objects. The concepts of area, volume, etc. are much better explained using these figures.

3d shapes

You can learn more about 3D Shapes


Summary

The many positives of teaching aids include illustrating or reinforcing a skill or concept, assisting learners to improve reading comprehension skills, differentiating instruction, and relieving anxiety or boredom by presenting knowledge in a new and exciting way.

The importance of visual aids cannot be stressed enough, in math, science, or in any other subject. Understanding the concept is the most important aspect of learning. Anything that can assist this process is invaluable. Make sure that your child learns through such methods. 
You can get creative and think of different ways to help your child understand. 

The Cuemath learning methodology involves all of these math aids and more. You can see the Cuemath method in action by booking a free trial.


About Cuemath

Cuemath, a student-friendly mathematics and coding platform, conducts regular Online Live Classes for academics and skill-development, and their Mental Math App, on both iOS and Android, is a one-stop solution for kids to develop multiple skills. Understand the Cuemath Fee structure and sign up for a free trial.


FAQs

What are teaching aids?

Anything that can be used by a teacher to help teach a lesson or make it more interesting to students is called a teaching aid. They can come in almost any form. For example, pictures, videos, charts, flashcards, and objects, like three-dimensional models or educational toys.

How are teaching aids important for a teacher?

The many positives of teaching aids include illustrating or reinforcing a skill or concept, assisting learners to improve reading comprehension skills, differentiating instruction, and relieving anxiety or boredom by presenting knowledge in a new and exciting way.

What is the best method of teaching mathematics?

The best explanation of math concepts includes using visuals, using formative assessments, making connections, and teaching strategic thinking. 


External References 

Venngage - The different types of Learners

Infographics - Teaching aid for Multiplication 

 


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