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Parents: Parents are a crucial part of the process of educating children and have a vast responsibility. These web pages are concerned with one detail of this: the use of problem solving in learning and using mathematics.

To give your kids a real boost in solving word problems and learning algebra obtain Making Sense of Story Problems. Ideally, this workbook should be available to capable 4th or 5th grade students so that they get started right in problem solving. It is essential for those in beginning algebra and beyond. Send e-mail to SureMath Publishing, Inc. for ordering information. If you are looking for a simple way to really help your kids in math obtain Making Sense of Story Problems now.

## Why learn to solve problems?

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics puts it this way:

"Problem solving - which includes the ways in which problems are represented, the meanings of the language of mathematics and the ways in which one conjectures and reasons - must be central to schooling so that students can explore, create, accommodate to changed conditions, and actively create new knowledge over the course of their lives."
In addition to this, there is the simple self-satisfaction of solving problems easily and confidently and the resulting addition to one's self-esteem.

The many problems encountered in school also occur in everyday life. The words may be different but the process of solving problems is the same.

Story problems have an acquired, undeserved negative reputation that has been passed on from generation to generation. This results from the fact that basic concepts of problem solving are not introduced early in the educational process.

These web pages serve to correct this situation. Included in the examples of problem solving are problems suitable for pre-algebra. This is the level at which sound problem solving methods must be learned. Those past pre-algebra can use these examples to correct inadequate problem solving habits. The examples of problem solving extend to college level work in algebra, physics and chemistry. The same methods apply to any area in which mathematics is used for problem solving. These occur in such areas as business, biology, astronomy and others.

Making Sense of Story Problems is a very useful introduction to solving word problems for students from the 5th grade on. This workbook can be obtained from SureMath Publishing, Inc. To see a sample page from Making Sense of Story Problems, click here.

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1. Send e-mail to SureMath Publishing, Inc.
• for a free Macintosh disk demonstrating SureMath