ERIC Number: ED223426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary School Mathematics: What Parents Should Know About... Estimation.
Parents have many opportunities every day to develop, nurture, and refine their children's mathematics skills. This pamphlet was designed to help parents become aware of these opportunities and to encourage them to participate in their children's learning process. Estimation is the skill of making a reasonably accurate guess and is prominently involved in such skills as cooking, traveling, buying, and repairing and in business transactions. Although estimation is taught in school, a child can benefit from practice at home. Various activities are suggested for parents to help their children practice estimating. In all estimation exercises, it is noted that children should offer some legitimate basis for their estimates since estimating is based on facts and not a wild guess. Learning to use estimating techniques will have several benefits for children. These include: (1) making children conscious of the frequent everyday uses of estimating, which helps them see and appreciate the practicality of mathematics; (2) making children aware of an unreasonable answer displayed on a calculator; (3) strengthening of computational skills; (4) developing important thinking strategies, specially those useful in problem solving; and (5) fostering a healthy and positive attitude toward the study of mathematics. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Guidelines, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mental Computation, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 (single copy $2.50, ten or more copies mailed to one address earn 20% discount, all orders $20.00 or less must be accompanied by remittance).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.