Do you know why children find division difficult? It is not the difficulty of the concept per se. It is the missing links (like Multiplication, Subtraction etc that are not clear) that make it harder to understand and apply.
The trick that works all the time is taking the time out in clearing the basics.
IT’S OKAY! If the child is taking more time than their peers in the classroom, keep teaching with patience and understanding and YOUR CHILD WILL GET THERE. I promise you this.
Mathematics as a subject is considered a “difficult” subject by the majority.
Yes, It has some inherent difficulties, such is the nature of the subject.
But the BIGGEST REASON in my opinion is not following the child’s pace!
One concept becomes two and before we know it- it is time to learn Division, which will be difficult for them.
Allow the child their time to understand the concept. Don’t rush them. If they understand the concepts like Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication well, DIVISION won’t be hard to learn.
How is Division connected to them?
Subtraction is reverse Addition, therefore without knowing Addition it is very difficult to learn.
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I CANNOT emphasise enough that students require a firm foundation. They cannot learn new concepts when the previous is not clear.
A lot of concepts are interdependent, so a thorough understanding of each topic is essential.
That is why maths can be tricky at times.
As we keep teaching and teaching without making sure that the child understands, they do not have a personal connection to it. It boils down to memorising the steps and studying hard. And when the marks don’t show the hard work- we collectively declare, maths is hard or we are bad at it.
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So, the biggest trick that I would ask parents to use while teaching is to ALLOW THEM TIME TO UNDERSTAND.
Now coming back to Division and how to make the calculations faster and quicker.
Of all the Math operations, Division may be the hardest for kids to learn. When it’s hard the child starts avoiding it.
This is also to do with the overwhelm/dislike most of us feel around Maths. Parents are thinking about how to make it easy and help their child.
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Like they say,
“Division always hurts, be it within countries, relationships or numbers!
Moving on, Division is sharing/equal distribution. Being parents, the fair distribution of things comes easy to us. Parents of 2 children or more (please raise your hands!).
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Division is simply the equal distribution of any number into multiple parts!
Tips to make Division EASY AND FAST
Pay attention to these three key areas in learning division. Mastering these three will make the process of dividing very easy.
Keep the Multiplication tables at your fingertips. Here is a blog that I wrote about learning tables faster. And you can play multiplication games, songs, activities that help the child remember them.
Revise them and be clear with them!
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The Long/ Short Division will be much easier to do.
1. Learn the long division method very well
It is all about understanding the 5 steps that constitute Long Division.
2. Divisibility Rules
It is a way to find out whether a number is divisible by another without actually dividing at all!
This method will help quickly decide if a number is divisible by a number.
Here is a video I made to explain Divisibility rules.
Easy Tricks to make Mental Maths faster.
This video will not only help the child but clear doubts for parents also.
Many times, हम अपना Maths के discomfort को अपने बच्चे को pass on कर देते हैं !
I hope this video helped you and your child understand the basic rules of Division.
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