Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ok, so what should my sixth grader be studying?

Seriously good question, that! What should your sixth grader be learning? Well, the basics, of course, math, science, language arts, social studies. Not specific enough you say? I agree, so I will pick just one thing this time.
Math…One of the biggest hurdles your child needs to clear in 6th grade math is proficiency in the four basic operations. Without a really good working knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, all of the other things your child has to learn in math will be much more difficult.
If you find that your child is slow in multiplication or division, or sloppy in their addition and subtraction facts, then have them do some extra problems in those areas. We found out the hard way that math is taught in a particular order for a reason. My daughter wanted to take math chapters out of order. And I let her…
We discovered that she couldn’t do algebra problems without understanding fractions, and fractions required a serious understanding of multiplication and division. Every time we tried to back up just one chapter to review, we discovered something else that we needed to learn first. I guess that is why they say math builds on itself…duh! We went back, and reviewed the four basic operations, and things are going much smoother now!

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