As a parent, it can be difficult to know how to encourage your child to improve mathematics skills in a way that doesn’t feel like drudgery. Teachers can help, and they want your child to succeed as well. Let’s look at the top five tips that teachers suggest for helping your child be successful in mathematics.
Have fun with it
If a parent makes it seem like mathematics is inherently difficult, children will pick up on that attitude. There are plenty of online programs like Mathletics that can make mathematics more entertaining. If you believe mathematics is fun, then it’s likely your child will as well. We all know that we’d rather do fun things, right? If you work on the underlying attitude regarding mathematics, you’ll see a difference in your child’s willingness to engage.
Challenge your children
Scholastic encourages you to challenge your children to solve problems in everyday situations. When baking, ask your child to add up the amount of flour. When at the store, ask your child how many treats you can afford within a certain budget. By engaging with your child, you can find out where he or she is struggling and, as a parent, you can be his or her first place to turn for help.
Kids these days love smart devices. Instead of having them play mindless games, look for apps that help them practice their mathematics skills in a fun way. Screen time can be a tricky cover for learning ― a real win-win for you and your child.
Be a champion
Stating the obvious, not every child is naturally gifted with mathematics. Some need a little extra help, but it’s important that parents aren’t putting a child down. This is especially true if another sibling is more gifted. Encourage your children to embrace subjects that seem “hard” while reminding them of their own talents. Be their champion.
Talk with the teacher
According to Dr. Robert Taibbi of Psychology Today, if you don’t know the level your child is working on or what your child needs to work on in mathematics, it’s time to talk to your teacher. Teachers appreciate parents who take an active role in their child’s learning, so there’s no need to feel like a burden. Some teachers prefer face to face or telephone communication over email. Find out a method that works well for everyone, and you’ll put your child on the path to success!
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