Many have realized the importance of practical math's skills, whether you are in primary school learning shapes and numbers or in an advanced calculus class, your math skills will help you deal with everyday real-life situations for the rest of your life. Math is an essential part of our life that enables us to measure distances, count units, find slopes, and other applicable functions. As math can be a challenging subject, many choose to ignore learning math and ultimately fail in their classes. Math can be a difficult subject to grasp and if your teacher or lecture does not take the time to ensure you fully understand the knowledge, you will fall behind on your lessons while your peers advance ahead.

To ensure that your math skills stay on par with the rest of your class, it is crucial to seek educational help as soon as there is something you do not understand. Math is a subject that builds on prior knowledge meaning that when a lesson is misunderstood or not understood at all, future lessons will become more complicated to grasp. If you are in school, you are encouraged to take advantage of all the resources available. While at school one of the ways to take full advantage of your learning environment is to visit your teacher’s office hours or to schedule periodical meetings to engage in one on one learning. The teacher is usually the best resource and should the first person to contact whenever there is an issue with the subject at hand.

However, both students and educators know that learning is not the same for everyone. Some students and learners require more attention than others and if that’s the case, you should seek a private tutor. Private tutors, unlike your teachers, have the capacity to sit one on one with the student and explain a subject until it is understood. A tutor can help explain a subject differently than your teacher and a tutor will have much more patience than a teacher that has to account for 20 to 30 other students. A tutor can help tailor lessons to your learning capabilities ensuring the success of your learning.

If you are located in Southern California, you are encouraged to speak with a local tutor at the Sunshine Tutoring. We are a team of educators capable of explaining the most complex math subjects, simplifying concepts, and ensuring that you succeed in your math class. To contact our office and to learn more about our math services, you may reach us through email, or you may reach our office at **310-906-0991**. We are ready to consult with you or your child and learn how we can help.

Upon consultation, our team you will learn about the areas in math that your child is struggling in and will assign a tutor that is right for your child. Our tutors are carrying individuals that truly believe in the benefits of succeeding in math. We ensure that every student in our program will understand the concept that they deal with in class so that they bring home more A’s and less B's or C's.

The following section will discuss some of the topics that your child may encounter in Math Grades 1 to 6. As you know, there are a number of lessons to be learned in primary school and it is crucial that your child understand these basics before entering middle school and other higher-level math classes.

**Math Grade 1**

Students coming into the first grade are just graduating from Kindergarten where they may have learned basic numbers and can count up to 20. In this age group, the students are between 5 to 6 years old and they have zero to no concept of math. During first grade, the students learn about the number system and are expected to be able to count up to one hundred. Additionally, during this stage students are taught about addition and subtraction. Most students in this age group tend to grasp addition and subtraction fairly well. Furthermore, students learn how to group different units into groups of ten or single groups. At the final stages of first-grade students will be introduced to different geometrical shapes. A student moving to the second grade will be able to add/subtract, count up to one hundred, group items into different groups, and will be capable of identifying different shapes and sizes. To be successful in grade 2, the student needs to be well aware of the basics that are introduced in grade 1.

**Math Grade 2**

In the second-grade students will start off with addition and subtraction of bigger numbers (from one to one hundred). Additionally, to add to their addition and subtraction skills, students are introduced to simple one to two sentence word problems. The word problems are very simple; however, some students are challenged by the concepts introduced in word problems. It is crucial to target this issue early on as word problems become more and more complicated as they progress in math. During Grade 2, students are also introduced to counting by different numbers. For instance, students learn how to count by fives, by tens, and by hundreds. Halfway through this grade, students are exposed to multiplication. Students are taught their multiplications from one to 12 and it may be the most difficult aspect of the second grade. In second grade, there are a great number of students who are held back each year because they are not able to process the concept of multiplication. Before they move forward, this is one aspect of math that should be reinforced as it is something that will appear on their worksheets and workbooks until they reach calculus.

**Math Grade 3**

By the time they reach Grade 3 students will be expected to add and subtract using numbers from one to one thousand. By the time they reach grade three, adding and subtracting will be a concept that is well understood. In Grade 3 students will also reinforce their knowledge of multiplication and will also be introduced to division problems. Halfway through Grade 3 students will be fluent in multiplication and division of numbers from one to one thousand。 One of the more complicated aspects of grade three is that they are exposed to fractions and decimals for the first time. Students may find confusing the use of decimals to indicate division, however, before they move forward it is a concept that needs to be reinforced. During Grade 3 students are also exposed to finding liquid volumes and learn how to work with time intervals. Furthermore, word problems become more complicated which means they may require attention to help them get through the subject matter.

**Math Grade 4 **

In Grade 4 students are expected to be able to work with different numbers to add/subtract and divide/multiply. In using the four operations students are taught to tackle more difficult word problems. Additionally, students in this grade are working with more complicated fractions and learn how to work with different decimal places.

**Math Grade 5**

Once students reach grade 5 they will have a clear understanding of the basic math operations that they learned through Grades 1 to 4. It is at this time that a student is either confident with their math or shows a clear need for help. Students that make it to grade 5 need the most attention before they are ready to move on to middle school. A student that does not understand basic functions should be helped so that they may catch up to the expected knowledge. Students in this grade are about 10 to 11 years old and find a much easier time grasping some of the concepts that may have been difficult back in the second grade. However, even students who fully understood the math concepts throughout their past grades may find some difficulty with this level. In the 5th grade, students are expected to deal with complicated word problems and are expected to be capable of finding the volume and area/perimeter of more complex shapes. Even the well-versed student may find difficulty in the fifth grade given all the new concepts that are introduced. When finding difficulties with fifth-grade math concepts it is crucial to target the problem before moving on to the sixth grade.

**Math Grade 6**

In the sixth grade students should be well aware of the basics introduced in grades one through five. Students should be able to work with fractions, they should know their multiplications up 12, they should be able to find the area and perimeter of different shapes, and they should be capable of working with more complex word problems. Having a good grasp of the concepts introduced in grades 1 through 5 will allow the student to tackle the concepts in the 6th grade. While in the 6th grade, the student is exposed to complex numbers such as: positive and negative fractions, complex mixed numbers, and decimals. Students are expected to work with complex numbers using multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Additionally, at this grade level students are introduced to algebraic functions that utilize linear equations, graphs, and different units of measurements. Furthermore, students begin to work with more complex shapes such as the various types of prisms and formulas to explain the differences between shapes. Finally, in the sixth grade students are introduced to simple statistics and data analysis. These essential mathematical skills will pave the way for the more complex mathematical situations that will be introduced throughout middle school and into high school. At this early stage of math, it is essential for the student to have a clear understanding of these concepts in order to build on future mathematical knowledge.

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As mentioned above, a tutor can help your child understand the concepts introduced in elementary school. Though you should consult with a teacher about your child’s math progress, you should know that there are other options to help your child advance in math. A child that receives tutoring is capable of advancing in math class and most importantly they will not be left behind. The concepts introduced in grades 1 to 6 are critical as they build on one another and are necessary to understanding future math concepts. If you are looking for a tutor in the Los Angeles area you may contact the Sunshine Tutoring at **310-906-0991**.