Parenting is an art and it gives an opportunity to nurture children in their physical, emotional and cognitive development. In this process of holistic nurturing, it becomes important for parents to make the children love and appreciate the subjects taught at school and think beyond their text books. Studies suggest that Parental involvement has helped children overcome the transition (primary to middle school/middle to high school) easily by bridging some gaps through more learning at home. This involvement factor not only helps understand the curricula or what the children are expected to learn but also helps in understanding the role of the teacher better .

Children and Math learning: There are mixed reactions on how children perceive Math as a subject. Children like its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that it brings about a lot of logical aspect in it and at the same for many, math would be considered a fear or threat. During classroom learning, kids sometimes confine to themselves and participate less due to the fear of giving a wrong step/answer and getting humiliated. They might undergo the feeling of being pressurized.

As a parent, collaborating with the Math teacher to understand the learning difficulties the child faces in the subject gives an insight into what the child really perceives about few concepts in the subject. Additionally it gives an interesting take for the parents to approach it the way they did that as students (also sometimes taking the Parent back in time to their school daysJ).

Role of Technology : Using technology to help them learn math removes these barriers and helps students find their comfort zone. So, it makes sense to turn to technology as an educational tool, especially if your kids are having trouble.

 

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Many school proactively use technology mediums like tablets / computer run programs to help their students learn better. The technology tool not only provides learning and practice to children but gives a picture of how they are performing in the subject. The assessment clearly points out where the child stands and makes them take control of their learning, thus expanding their comfort zone.

One such technology based initiative is Mindspark from EI that helps children learn and explore math in an adaptive and fun way. Adaptive here means personalized learning where Mindspark understand where the child stands and adapts to his level and help him understand concepts. Not just a regular flow of questions, the content is made challenging and enriching through games, interactive, higher order questions and so on.

 

Parent Connect : We at Mindspark felt that Parent – school collaboration of this product is more significant to take it a step forward, are in the process of designing a portal named Parent Connect .It will enable parents of Mindspark users to access the progress of their children and how they learn through Mindspark. This portal will present some key data like the concepts children are finding easy and difficult to understand, their accuracy levels and the impact of how the product collaboration with classroom teaching works.

 

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Math is an indisputably one subject that goes a long way in the life of a child, be it in their competitive exams, degree courses, area of work and EI hopes to make children learn with understanding through such offerings.

 

By Priyanka KS – Educational Specialist
(Member of Mindspark Development Team)

Priyanka KS

Priyanka KS

Priyanka is a team member of the Mindspark Development team and works in the focus group of Stake Holder Engagement and Responsiveness. Earlier, she worked in School Support team forMindspark when it was launched in 2010 across many schools in Bangalore and Tamilnadu. She has a Masters in Social Work from Madras school of Social Work and has wide experience of working with Rural education space in Tamilnadualso
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