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The importance of developing mathematical thinking in children

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The importance of developing mathematical thinking in children

June 7, 2018

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1. Introduction
2. Benefits of Mathematical Thinking
3. Conclusion
4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

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Introduction

Experts believe that the worst way to learn Math is to memorize the math formulae and concepts blindly without applying them in the right way to solve math problems.

Unfortunately, the present system in which school math is taught in India often becomes so boring for the children that they often resort to rote learning. They just try to pass their school maths exams rather than focusing on real learning.

Mathematical thinking is quite different than doing mathematics as typically used in our school systems. It is a way of thinking to involve mathematics to solve real-world problems. A key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside of the box, which is very important in today's world. 

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Mathematical thinking also improves your mind in terms of logical thinking. Logical thinking, in turn, helps children to excel in other subjects as well. It makes them a better problem-solver, which can come in handy even outside of academics.

 
important notes to remember
 
"Mathematical thinking is a way of thinking to involve mathematics to solve real-world problems. A key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside of the box, which is very important in today's world. "
 

For making your child succeed in life, there is a strong need for developing mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills in them. It might sound challenging at first, but with good teaching and mentoring, it is indeed possible. The development of such skills will have significant positive effects on your child.


Benefits of Mathematical Thinking

  • Improve their math skills: Development of mathematical critical thinking abilities will enable them to understand their math lessons faster. Instead of blindly memorizing the formulae and concepts, they will appreciate the concepts at a deeper level and will remember them for a long time. It will result in a significant improvement in their math skills.
  • Establish a connection between theory and practice:  Once your child develops the necessary mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills, they will correlate theory with things and situations that they encounter around them regularly. It will make math learning much more fun for them, and they will also acquire the habit of doing mental math, which will be quite useful in everyday life as well as in any field that they will pursue in the future.
  • Solve math problems more smartly: The biggest hurdle that children who memorize math concepts face is solving math problems, which are not straightforward or are a modification of an easy question. Children with good mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills always have a distinct advantage in this regard. They will break the Math problems into smaller parts and think in a creative way to arrive at a smart solution in the shortest possible time. Hence, they always stay miles ahead of the other children when it comes to answering their school math examination papers.
  • Better Problem-solving skills: Mathematical thinking improves the problem-solving abilities of students and helps them to evolve into logical thinkers rather than emotional thinkers. It is the basis of constant improvement, communication, and learning. It enables us to exert control over our environment through better decisions. Read more about problem-solving.

Mathematical Thinking

Playing math games with children and making them undergo interactive and practical maths lessons are a great way to develop mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills in them.


Conclusion

The focus should be on conceptual learning rather than just solving questions or getting good marks in examinations. If you focus on your child's conceptual learning, they will automatically start getting good marks, and they will begin to enjoy the subject. Start trying this with your child from a young age, and it is guaranteed that the child will reap the benefits forever.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Mathematical Thinking?

It is a way of thinking to involve mathematics to solve real-world problems. A key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside of the box, which is very important in today's world.

How to develop mathematical thinking?

Playing math games with children and making them undergo interactive and practical maths lessons are a great way to develop mathematical thinking and creative reasoning skills in them.


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