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Class 1 Olympiad preparation

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Jul 24, 2015

Hi Mums,   My sister’s daughter (5 and half year studies in KG) is excellent in Maths and she is planning to prepare her for Olympiads Maths in class 1 i. e. next year. Could you pls suggest ideas to start. She knows 1-100 counting, what comes after/before/between, reverse counting, < > =, missing numbers, count and write.   $11.        What else we can teach her,   $12.        Easy way to teach plus,minus etc. $13.        How to make easy sums and tables. $14.        How to start teaching her in play way manner.   Thanks.  

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AM

| Sep 01, 2015

Thanks so much Coral for your valuable suggestions. We don't want her to pressurise... will start teaching her in play way manner. Thanks much again.

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MS

| Jul 28, 2015

Yeah sure. I just to make her understand the concept of this type of exam. Surely there is no room for any pressure on her :) .. thanky Carol :)

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Carol

| Jul 27, 2015

I would also like to add that if you find that your child feels the exam pressure, you shouldn't let her take the test at this tender age as it can have a lasting effect on her. In my opinion, one can start taking these tests in upper primary (from grade 3 or 4)

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Carol

| Jul 27, 2015

MS, If your daughter has regular reading habit and if she has good listening and reading comprehension skills for her age, she can easily take the test.

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MS

| Jul 27, 2015

Does that really require 1year of practice ? My daughter is in grade 1 now and I am thinking of making my daughter participate in English exam which is in Jan 2016.

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Carol

| Jul 24, 2015

Aarti Mehan, Olympiad is a diagnostic exam for students and school (esp in primary years ) to know their strength and weakness and to modify the methodology of teaching based on the results. But I dont know how many schools take corrective action after the exams. Can your niece read fluently the question paper to answer in the exam? Since it's only a diagnostic test, no preparation is required. But if you insist then here are some of the resources. I don't have any personal experience with these websites. But hope these are useful 1. www. SOFworld. org - Sample papers available 2. silverzone. org - sells books 3. http://eduhealfoundation.org - has some sample papers and activities 4. www. BMATalent. com - sells books The syllabus for grade 1 is Numerals, Number Name and Number Sense (2 digit numbers), Addition, Subtraction, Length, Weight, Time, Money, Geometrical Skills, Patterns, Odd One Out, Series Completion(numerical as well as pictorial), Analogy, Ranking Test, Spatial Understanding, problems based on Figures In exams like Olympiads, most of the questions will be word problems. There will not be any abstract arithmetic problems. So it will be effective if you use real life examples for practicing. Teach her all the math vocabulary related to each concept. For example Add, sum, total, altogether, in all are related to addition. Similarly difference, how many more , how many less, How much shorter, How much longer etc are related to subtract. Give her different problems using different vocabulary for practice. Use multiple ways to do the same problem so she can pick up the one which is easier for her. For example, give her objects such as beads, stickers or snacks and associate the numbers with objects to add and subtract. Another method is to use number line to skip count in the line using an arc, third method is to use a pictorial representation. For 2 digit addition use lego blocks to represent ones(one single block), tens(form a column using 10 single blocks) and hundred (form a square using 10 columns blocks) so it will be very easy to understand carry over and borrowing. To teach multiplication, let her understand that it is repetitive addition and also it's a series of numbers following a pattern. To start with, you could give her a series of pictures in a pattern and ask her to continue the series. Then in the next stage, give her a series of numbers with a pattern and make her continue the series. Then in next level, make her do skip counting using different set of objects. For example take 24 beads. Make her group them by 2s, 3s and 4s and skip count them. This will be give a fundamental idea on division too. You can also use number line to skip count. Do not use the worksheets or rote learning of multiplication tables at the initial stage. Skip counting is enough for single digit multiplication. There are more ways to teach multiple digit multiplication like lattice multiplication, partial, area method, Circle method etc. For practicing multiplication, I used to play a game with my son using 2 die and a blank cayley's tables. The objective of the game is to fill the cayley's table. We take turns to roll the die and each number in the die will be the multiplication factors. Each player has to fill the table with the product of the factors during their turn. At the end of the game, an adult can correct the mistakes. Another one is a card game. Shuffle the cards and distribute the cards equally between players. the players can't see the cards. Each player has to drop a card. Whoever tells the product of the 2 numbers first , can take the cards. The objective is to acquire all the cards or most number of cards. There are various versions of card games like go fish, top it to practice math. Hope you find them useful. I couldn't give a detailed explanation for each method in this reply. But if you have any query, let me know.

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