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10/17/2017
Should your child use a calculator for elementary-level math? While there's much debate about this situation, the truth is, calculators exist and they can be used as learning tools. To teach your child to use theirs as such, follow the tips mentioned below.

How to Teach Your Child to Use a Calculator

  1. For starters, your child should know basic math before you introduce a calculator. They should even master the 4 basic operations (including their long versions) before they get to use one.
  2. It's imperative that your child knows that there are other tools available to calculate math. Ensure they can use pencil and paper to work out a math problem before they start using a calculator.
  3. Talking to your child can also help. Teach them to use their calculator responsibly, to avoid depending on it, and to be aware that there are situations where they won't be able to use it (like in certain tests).
  4.  The type of calculator you provide your child can also influence how they use it. For now, it's best if you stick to a standard calculator, but make sure to familiarize them with it before they begin using it.
  5. Lastly, you should set boundaries regarding the calculator. For example, they can use it after they've worked out a math problem to verify if their result is correct.

If your child could use expert assistance to master math, reading, or other academic skill, trust in The Tutoring Center, Elk Grove CA. Contact them at (916) 691-9620 to enroll them in one-to-one tutoring in Elk Grove CA.

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