It has always bothered me to encounter people that avoid math because “math learning” was not their thing in school. However, math in the 60’s and 70’s very often the answer was either right or wrong. Very often it was thought you either got it or you did not. So, how could you NOT have bad feelings about math?
Today’s math teaching encourages trial and error, math explanations and problem solving. It encourages kids to give math a try and a good math teacher has high expectations for math learning. Parents can encourage their child’s interest in math. Check out the ideas below and watch your child’s interest and confidence grow.
9 Ways to Make Math Learning Easier
- Expect some confusion to be part of the learning process but emphasize that effort, not ability, is what counts. Math is understandable and can be figured out.
- Ask your child what he or she did in math class today. Ask him or her to give details and to explain.
- Avoid conveying negative attitudes towards math. Never tell children not to worry about certain kinds of math because it will never be used.
- Let kids know that occupations require a sound based in mathematics. Careers in carpentry, landscaping, medicine, pharmacy, aeronautics, and meteorology all require strong math skills.
- Give your child meaningful problems that use numbers or shapes while you are going about everyday life. Ask the child to explain what he or she did.
- Spend time with kids on simple board games, puzzles, and activities that encourage better attitudes and stronger math skills.
- Point out ways that people use math every day to pay bills, balance their checkbooks, figure out their net earnings, making change and tips at restaurants.
- Involve older children in projects that incorporate geometric and algebraic concepts like planting a garden, building a bookshelf, or figuring our how long it will take to drive to your family destination.
- Encourage children to solve problems by helping them but allow them to try to figure it out themselves.
Children’s math achievement is shaped- and- limited by what is expected of them. It is up to us to help them be successful.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.