By: Gail Perez
Studies have shown that early exposure to math and applying it in the real world increases child’s IQ level. Children may begin to understand the concept of numbers as early as three (3)years of age, even if they may not be able to write or recite numbers yet, says Lau Chin Loong, Co-founder of Seriously Addictive Mathematics (S.A.M.). SAM is a Singapore Math enrichment program for kids.
So what are the ways on how parents can expose their kids in math and apply it in real world?
At least once a month, you and your child go to the grocery store, right? Teach your child Math while you are in the grocery store. It would definitely require a person who is shopping the knowledge and skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, estimation and even percentages and discounts. Let your child choose his own snacks he wants to buy and let him compute the total amount or estimate the total amount of the snacks. By doing this, he understands more the concept of addition and multiplication by calculating all the snacks and realizes the importance of it.
Math is in restaurants.
Most Filipino families dine out every weekend. This is another way to teach math to your kids in a subtle way. Give him a P100.00 and let him choose and order his own meal. While he is choosing his meal he will consider the amount that he will order. In this scenario, he now understands the concept of the greater amount and lesser amount. Then later on when he orders and pays for it, he then will figure out the change he will receive from the cashier and learns the concept of subtraction.
The general guideline is to expose children to the world of numbers at around 4 years of age, but in a creative and fun way. The Seriously Addictive Mathematics (S.A.M.) center adopts a holistic approach to learning mathematics. From the way the trainers engage students in the class, to the way questions are phrased and how solutions are presented in their worksheets. By the end of our program, S.A.M students will be well equipped with an array of skills to confidently embrace future challenges in the world of numbers. These skills are critical thinking, heuristics, logical reasoning, metacognitive understanding,
solving word problems with modelling techniques are fostered.
We asked a mother of one of our S.A.M. student in Marikina about her child after enrolling few sessions with S.A.M.
Seriously Addictive Mathematics (S.A.M.) is an enrichment program teaching Singapore Math to kids ages 4 to 12 years old. Based on Singapore Maths, SAM’s Award Winning Curriculum and Pedagogy is the most relevant and most comprehensive Math enrichment program available today. To inquire about S.A.M’s program, log on to www. http://localhost/seriously/enrolment/ , email: admin@localhost, phone number: 0977-8239910 / 964-9759.