Math: The Importance of “WHY?”


Ruth Rumack's Learning Space Blog

Children are naturally inquisitive and curious, and they want to know why.

“Why is the sky blue?”   girl pointing

“Why can some balloons float and others not?


“Why can’t I have cupcakes for dinner?”


This same sense of wonderment and thirst for understanding can be a key factor in your child’s success with math.

How many times have we heard our kids saying “I’m no good at math”?

Often that sense of insecurity comes from a lack of context for the problems that they are asked to solve. So frequently, students are asked to memorize how to solve math problems and are not given the why to steps of the process. This often leaves them feeling frustrated and ill-equipped. girl with headache

Let’s have a look at some of those tricky questions:

1: “Why do I add the zero when I am multiplying 2 digits by 2 digits?”

This video made by Khan Academy does…

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