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04/11/2018


A common question arises among parents of elementary-level children: should students be using a calculator when learning math? While the answer may vary from situation to situation, there are some tips you can follow to ensure the use of a calculator won't interfere with your child's learning process.

How to Teach Your Child to Use a Calculator

  1. First of all, your child should know basic math (e.g. how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide), all on their own before you introduce a calculator into their dynamic. This so the calculator doesn't hinder their learning.
  2. Before resorting to the calculator, you should also provide your child with other tools they can employ to make calculations. For example, they can use an abacus or pencil and paper for that purpose.
  3. It's important that you have a conversation with your child about the calculator. Let them know they should be responsible with it, and that there will be instances in which they won't be able to use it, which is why they shouldn't rely on it.
  4. Of course, in order for your child to use a calculator correctly, they need to have the right calculator. There are some that are meant to help in advanced math, so provide your child with a standard one. Also, teach them how to use its buttons.
  5. Lastly, make sure your child knows the calculator should only be used to verify the work they've already done on their own.

Call The Tutoring Center, Lake Forest CA at 949-273-3534 to enroll your child in math tutoring in Lake Forest CA that can help them become an expert mathematician.

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