Getting Math Help in the Second Grade: Is it Necessary?
Second grade is really a pivotal time for children. They're building on the core concepts they learned the previous year. They're starting to really read with expression and they can add and subtract multiple columns of numbers. Everything a child learns in the second grade will carry over to the third grade, fourth grade and beyond. Even though it seems early, this may be the perfect time to start a child on the path to good study habits by providing a good foundation in math.
Education Breeds Success
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
- Lee Iacocca
The problem with most 2nd grade help programs is that they're simply workbooks or computer games. They're not truly rooted in education and they may be testing your child on concepts he or she already understands, without really concentrating on areas where they are weak or need improvement. Fortunately, the best 2nd grade help programs use adaptive learning technology to remedy this. This technology learns and intelligently revises the curriculum automatically as your child shows improvement and progresses through the program. A computer-based system can include unique characters and problem-solving issues that engage and interact with children, while instructing them on grade level-appropriate learning objectives that will keep them on track with their peers.
Helping your Child Begins at Home
The best programs help keep parents and caregivers informed as well. With these types of instructional aides, you can immediately login through a password protected area and monitor your child's progress. See where they're struggling and what they've done well on. You can even print out the reports to discuss with your child's teacher if you'd like. This lets you be involved in your child's learning experience - setting a good foundation for you as well.
A recent study by Jon Miller at Michigan State University found that parents were a major influence on the decision to pursue a career in math or science. It's not just children that need help - parents do too and when you emphasize the importance of math and science to your children, you may be setting them on the path to a successful career in engineering, computer science or other high-tech industry.
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Early Help for Math and Science
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Video about One Popular Math Help Tool
This is just one tool available for helping out your child.