The Tutoring Center, Centennial, CO



Calculator usage in elementary school students can be a debatable topic to some parents. The concern being that it may hinder their learning process, since students will rely too much on it, and won't develop their math skills effectively. Still, there are ways in which you can provide a calculator to a child as a learning tool. For tips on how to teach your child to use a calculator effectively, continue reading.

How to Teach Your Child to Use a Calculator

  1. Firstly, your child should learn how to do basic math correctly before you give them a calculator. They need to add, subtract, multiply, and divide comfortably beforehand.
  2. A calculator is only one of the many tools available to your child to help them solve math problems. Teach them to use other tools (like an abacus or a pencil and paper), so they don't rely on a calculator.
  3. It may be necessary to have a conversation with your child about calculator usage. Explain to them that they won't always be able to employ a calculator, which is why they need to do math on their own.
  4. For your child to use a calculator, they need to have a calculator. That's why, you should provide a simple, standard calculator for basic operations. Just teach them how it works.
  5. Finally, you should set rules regarding the calculator's usage. For example, your child should only use a calculator for verification, i.e. once they've worked out the result on their own.

Enroll your child in math tutoring in Centennial CO to help them develop their skills effectively. Call The Tutoring Center, Centennial CO at (303) 800-0540 for more information.


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