Elementary math means many different things to different people. On this site, elementary math refers to the five main areas of math studies for kids between Kindergarten and sixth grade.
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The five main areas of study are:
You can find a printable Grade Level Skills document in our Tutoring Area which outlines in very specific steps the skill requirements for each of these areas for all seven grades.
Many parents have horrors when remembering their own math experiences from school, and feel they cannot tutor their child. If you are one of these parents, what I say to you is – “Yes you can”.
Learning elementary math may not have been fun for you, however with daily use throughout your life, elementary math has been solidified for you.
So let’s take the majority of the skills your elementary school student needs to achieve by the end of sixth grade, and see how you will fare as their math tutor.
Let’s do a few basic calculations here, to see just how complicated elementary math is.
This means that in 7 years a child will receive 50,400 minutes of math tuition.
That is 840 hours, spread over Five subject areas (which we will assume for this exercise are evenly distributed), gives them:
168 hours of education in each subject area.
It has been said that a 12 year old in one summer vacation can master the entire elementary math curriculum. Why is this the case? (if it is in fact true!) … well, just think about how much time in Kindergarten to Second grade is spent on simply teaching addition, subtraction multiplication and division. This is nearly three years worth of the elementary curriculum! So, as a twelve year old, who can read and write, and probably having very little problems with adding and subtracting, they are at least three years ahead of the curriculum!
You as an adult will have no problems. But, if there are some areas of basic mathematics that you have forgotten, simply spending a few hours a week reading through this elementary math resource to get completely up to speed.
So navigate through the different sections in the ‘Elementary Math’ section on this site to familiarize yourself on the subject material, some hints on how to teach it, and get the printable math worksheets to your kids, so they can also master elementary math.
By doing this, you will be giving them the great foundation in basic mathematics that they will need, to stay on top of their middle school math.
If you want some great Hints & Tips on tutoring in general, be sure to visit our online math tutor section. This is a hub for tutoring information such as printable tracking forms, grade level expectations outlines, information on the importance of diet & nutrition and rest, and most importantly how to make math fun, and celebrating the achievements along the road!