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ERIC Number: ED166650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Helping Parents Read Mathematics with Children.
Hughes, Rowland
Some difficulties children have with mathematics are related to reading problems and not to mathematics itself. The ability to read mathematics is related to reading but is a specialty within that ability and can be taught by the teacher and by parents. Both specialized vocabulary and sentence structure must be learned by the student. For the teacher, the process includes analyzing the most important concepts, listing the words or other symbols essential to each concept, and setting priorities. Children must begin by learning to perceive symbols. Then they must attach a literal meaning to the symbol, analyze relationships, and solve word problems. One recommended procedure for helping children learn to read word problems is to have them first read to visualize the situation, reread to get the facts, note problem vocabulary or concepts, reread in planning the steps for solution, and read the problem again to check the procedure and solution. Parents can begin early to help their children read mathematics by reading them stories and poems related to numbers and mathematics. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Parents and Reading Conference (3rd, New York City, February 1978)