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Square Root of Kids’ Math Anxiety: Their Parents’ Help

Are parents transmitting math anxiety to their children somehow?  Parents always have the best interest of their children… right? Parents would want their children to do well in math right? Jan Hoffman wrote an article on results of a new study stating math anxiety is contagious between parent and child. And the irony? This is transmitted via homework assistance. Children of highly math-anxious parents learned less math and were more likely to develop math anxiety themselves. This is enhanced when their parents [...]

preschool math, primary school maths, secondary school maths, children

What is expected of your child for Primary 1 maths?

What does your child need to know about maths before P1? During the recent Primary 1 registration, I was feeling the jitters as the school I had wanted to enrol my oldest child in was extremely popular, even at an earlier phase. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to gear up and get ready for primary 1 maths! According to the Ministry of Education (MOE), the P1 curriculum is designed to be accessible, so children with no prior knowledge [...]

preschool math, primary school maths, secondary school maths, children

A Guide to Buying STEM Toys

What is a good STEM toy? As mentioned in our previous blog post, encouraging the love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) can be done at a young age through toys. Though the fanciful sounding name, STEM toys can be simple and found everywhere. According to child development experts, here is a guide as to what to look for STEM toys. 1. Interactive The process of creating or building something, taking it apart and rebuilding it in a new way, can inspire [...]

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Let’s Play with STEM Toys!

In recent years, there has been a rise in focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM for short. STEM toys in particular have been enjoying considerable attention among both parents and children. Why STEM toys? Jobs in science and engineering have been increasing over 500 percent since 1960, and are continuing to increase at a rate faster than any other industry. Thus, being good in STEM subjects is absolutely crucial, perhaps even necessary to a broad extent. In order to [...]

Math Tutor Singapore - Activities for Dyscalculia in Children

Activities to improve number sense

Previously, we wrote about dyscalculia and what the symptoms are. If you suspect your child may have learning difficulties in math, you can help strengthen your child’s math ability by incorporating math skills in your daily life! “Parents should never centre attention of the child’s difficulty, because this will only increase the problem: he will less capable in this area of learning and in their ability to achieve things, and doing this will cause a problem that originally only affected [...]

preschool math, primary school maths, secondary school maths, children

Five Things That May Damage Your Relationship with Your Children

Parenting is a tough job. Children are not born with an instruction manual, and every child is different. Many times, we do our best to forge a strong bond with our children. However, there are five things that parents do which may damage parent and child relationships, even as they seem harmless or commonplace. 1. Constant criticism and comparison It is natural to want our kids to become better. However, constant nitpicking over their mistakes and comparing with other children may [...]

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5 Negative Phrases Children Should Stop Saying

Guiding our children to develop positive self-talk is one of the major tasks of parenting. Some children are more optimistic, while others are naturally more self-critical. Either way, negative phrases is something that children struggle with from time to time. A lot of the time, children mirror what we do and say. Thus, we as adults, be it parents, caregivers or educators, need to be more conscious of what we say and work towards creating a positive, encouraging environment. [...]

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Study shows that PSLE is still necessary

The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is still recognised by most parents as necessary to gauge their child’s progress in primary education. This is according to a nationwide study conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) which took into account the views of  1,500 parents, who are citizens or permanent residents, with children in local primary schools on their perceptions about Singapore’s education system at that level. The study found that less than half of the parents agreed or [...]

Math Tutor Singapore - Dyscalculia in Children

Does your child have dyscalculia?

In 2016, Singapore students topped international ranking in reading, math, and science in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This naturally creates an expectation that math is something that most children are able to do in Singapore. In recent years, there have been much talk about learning difficulties. There has been a rising number of students being diagnosed with dyslexia,  a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. What is Dyscalculia? Dyscalculia [...]

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How do we help children understand math concepts?

Math is a fascinating subject. On one hand, it can be very complex and technical, used to develop sophisticated algorithms to solve problems on a global scale. At the same time, it is a tool we use in everyday life to sort, count, measure and analyse. Math is therefore everywhere and in everything that we do. Mathematical concepts extend from numbers, patterns, algebra, geometry, data analysis to measurement, money and time. Learning math is critical for young children. It gives them [...]