“Problem-solving is central to learning mathematics” (Mathematics Curriculum Document). Being able to solve problems connects to the real world and strengthens the ability to make sound decisions. Opportunities to solve problems can increase critical thinking skills as students become more familiar with estimating, recognizing relationships and making judgments.
Tips for a Home Connection to Math
Wherever possible, ask your child to help you solve a problem involving math with real life scenarios. For example, while shopping at a grocery store, you could ask, “Will we have enough money to buy these items if I have $20 with me?”
- Relate math to your child’s favourite activity and consider posing “What if…” problems to him/her. For example, with hockey you could ask, “How many more goals were scored by your team than the other team?” or “What would happen if your team added 3 more players?”