# Support Children’s Math Learning with Graph Paper

Many students in schools look for different ways they can psyche themselves into liking mathematics. It may be the use of number charts, pictures, or even flash cards.

__Graph paper__ has made a difference in making mathematics interesting. Most people have underestimated how it has made a difference as a math tool. The paper has grids that make it easier to align numbers and symbols which helps when solving math problems.

**Importance of using a Graph paper**

Both as an educator and a parent, you have the responsibility to make the learning experience of a child to be fun and exciting. It is important from an early stage that a child takes mathematics seriously as a subject. Here are some of the reasons why this will make a difference in the education program.

- Helps in tracking the place values of numbers
- It is easier to use for any reason intended for (counting, fractions, decimals and number lines).
- Helps in understanding complex natural systems of numbers

**The basics you need to understand when using the paper**

As much as it is convenient for the teachers to use this math tool, it is key that students should use it in the right way.

**1. Plotting data**

During plotting of data, the simple thing in representing numbers is that there are two axes to name a graph (x-axis and the Y-axis). After putting data into paper, denoting the data will always be in pairs to mark the coordinates of a particular point example (3, 8). The first number represents the number on the X-axis and the second one represents the Y-axis.

**2. Describing positions on the graph**

Plots help in describing the data in the graph. Words such as linear, exponential and periodic effectively used to describe a line or a curve. Sometimes words like a negative, positive, increasing and decreasing show the relationship between a set of data.

**3. Reading data**

Tutors have the responsibility to help every student in understanding how to make reading out from a plot. This data helps in predicting the behaviour of mathematical relationships such as curves.

**Activities that help better skills using this math tool**

As from the lower grades, mathematical problems can be simple by making the children arrange and organise data in the grids to help aid multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. In the case of odd and even numbers, the children can line up the numbers and be able to represent them to help in memorising. It is up to the teacher to choose the preferred method for math training that a student can relate to make the subject understandable.