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Should you or shouldn't you let your child use a calculator when doing elementary-level math? This is up to you, but if you will, read the post below for tips on the matter.

How to Teach Your Child to Use a Calculator

  1. The first tip would be to ensure your child knows basic math before you introduce a calculator to them. They should understand basic math concepts and be able to do basic math operations comfortably and correctly on their own.
  2. You should also help your child realize that there are other tools they can use to calculate a result. An abacus or a pencil and a piece of paper, for example, will help them without hindering their learning process. Just don't let them use their fingers, as they can become too reliant on them.
  3. A step you should take is to talk about calculator usage with your child. Explain to them why they need to learn to do math well before they use one. If you talk to them with respect, they may be eager to listen and follow your guidance.
  4. Once you're ready to give your child a calculator, you need to guarantee that it's the right kind of calculator. Giving them a scientific or financial calculator may confuse them, so stick to a standard one and teach them how to use it.
  5. Lastly, it's a good idea to limit your child to use the calculator only when they need to verify the answer to an operation they already worked on.

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