Arithmetic for Parents: A Book for Grown-Ups About by Ron Aharoni

By Ron Aharoni

This ebook is the results of a distinct adventure: a examine mathematician instructing in an straight forward university. It tells a couple of attention-grabbing discovery made by means of the writer — that ordinary arithmetic has loads of intensity and sweetness, and that the key to its educating is in realizing its deep points.

the 1st a part of the booklet discusses the character of arithmetic and its attractiveness. the second one half tells concerning the instructing ideas the writer distilled from his adventure. The 3rd half is an day trip during the mathematics studied in user-friendly university, followed by way of own tales, ancient anecdotes and instructing feedback. The appendix relates the interesting tale of recent day politics of mathematical education.

The publication was once a bestseller in Israel, and has been translated into many languages. the intense blend of mathematical and didactic insights makes it a necessary consultant for either academics and fogeys.

Readership: mom and dad whose youngsters research straightforward arithmetic, practioners who offer mathematical studying, and most of the people.

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The more to the left the digit is placed, the greater its value. 5in b1900-part1 Arithmetic for Parents The decimal system simplifies writing and facilitates calculations of large numbers. Numbers Were Not Born Organized When I tried as an adult to learn to play ping-pong, the instructor discouraged me. He claimed I was too used to the wrong movements, and that it would be difficult to get rid of them. This problem doesn’t usually occur in arithmetic, where prior knowledge is generally helpful. But there is one area in which the knowledge a child brings from kindergarten creates a problem: the decimal system.

Therefore, the following is an average of kinds. The curriculum is written for Grades 1 to 6, the years covered by this book. I also added some points, derived from my personal opinion that early exposure to concepts is always beneficial. It allows the child periods of incubation between encounters with concepts. For example, first-graders should be familiar, at a primary level, with the concept of the fraction and its relationship to division. The decimal fraction can be introduced in the second and third grade, through money.

She was not trying to evade the question, but asked me to provide her with a preliminary step. If a question is hard, it usually means that some previous stage is missing. I use this phrase in my classes. When students find a problem too hard, I tell them the story of my daughter, and encourage them to do the same: Whenever they fail in solving a hard problem, they should ask for a simpler one. My aim is to make them aware of the possibility that there is a stage missing in their knowledge. This not only averts frustration, but also makes them aware of their thinking processes, an important goal by itself.

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