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10/17/2017
There's much debate about whether or not children should use calculators (especially if they're in elementary school). At the end of the day, however, calculators can be learning tools if used properly. For a few tips on how you can teach your child to use their calculator, refer to the post below.

How to Teach Your Child to Use a Calculator

Learn Basic Math

Of course, your child should have basic math knowledge before introducing a calculator to them. They should master additions, subtractions, multiplications, and divisions (even long ones) before using a calculator.

Use Other Tools

It's also recommended that your child feels comfortable calculating math problems with other tools (for instance, pencil and paper) before they begin using their calculator.

Talk to Them

It's important that you talk to your child and teach them to be responsible with how they use their calculator. You could even mention that in some cases (such as certain tests), they won't be able to rely on it, which means they'll need to use other methods.

Provide the Right Calculator

As you know, there are different types of calculators available. For now, you should provide a standard calculator to your child, and teach them about its buttons and how it should be used.

Teach Them When to Use It

Lastly, it's crucial that you set a few limits for your child's calculator usage. As mentioned above, they can use it as a learning tool; for example, to verify a result after they've worked on it on their own.

Academic assistance from The Tutoring Center, League City TX can help your child achieve their goals. Call (281) 337-2800 to enroll them in tutoring in League City TX, or to request a free diagnostic assessment.

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