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05/09/2017
Should children use calculators when learning elementary-level math? On the one hand, doing so can hinder their ability to learn basic math operations. On the other, technology is an essential part of our world, now more than ever. If you decide you want to let your student employ this helpful tool, there are a few things you can do to keep them from depending on it for basic math. To learn what these are, continue reading.

How to Teach Your Child to Use a Calculator

  1. First and foremost, your child should know basic math before you introduce a calculator to them. It's even suggested that you wait until they can work out long divisions and multiplications on their own.
  2. Likewise, you should teach your child that while a calculator can be useful, they should rely upon and employ other methods to calculate results (like their mind or pencil and paper).
  3. Before you teach your child to use a calculator, talk to them and help them understand that they won't always have one to solve math problems. In fact, there are situations (like an admission test) in which the use of calculators won't be permitted, and that they need to do math the old-fashioned way to succeed.
  4. When you first introduce a calculator to your child, ensure it is the right kind (i.e. not a scientific one), and take some time to go over how to use it. Explain the buttons to them and how they should employ them.
  5. As a final tip, set some boundaries to teach them when they can use it and when they can't. You can allow a calculator, for example, so they can double-check the results of their homework.

Enroll Your Child in Math Tutoring in Clemson-Seneca SC

If you're worried your child may be struggling to learn math, turn to The Tutoring Center, Clemson-Seneca SC. Through their "Geniuses in Training" programs your child will receive the support, guidance, and attention they require to learn successfully. Call (864) 481-0481 to request a free consultation.

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