Math is one subject that can get boring, so we may shy away from teaching it as opposed to reading and writing. It is easy to read a bedtime story, or name traffic signs while driving, but math? Parents may be wary of math because they may not have had the best experience with it as a child. But numbers are numbers, and they are here to stay. Here are some simple tips to promote your child’s math skills and even develop your own interest as well.
One easy way to learn math is to apply it to everyday life. Children will learn much better when they can visualize or see numbers represented by everyday items. For example, take going for a walk and counting the number of cars that drive by. Or how about cooking and asking your child to help measure out ingredients? Even playing simple board and card games with dice can get the mathematical juices flowing. These simple applications of math will inject some fun into the learning process and help you and your child enjoy it more.
Also remember that children have different learning styles, and math is no exception. Perhaps your child is a visual learner, in which case a more visually based curriculum might work better than a more traditional approach. Whatever curriculum you choose, you provide the tools, and your children will apply the work. Be patient and allow them to develop solutions in a manner that fits the unique way they process information.
Whatever the process, though, an understanding of the meaning behind the procedure is most important when practicing math. Memorization is great in its place, but even in math, children must grasp why and how to apply specific techniques and strategies to specific problems. This might be another opportunity to use games and real-life situations that drive those applications home.
Lastly, display enthusiasm when dealing with math. Although math may not be your favorite subject, don’t let your opinions affect the learning capabilities of your children. Let them develop their own likes and dislikes. Be sure to give them all the tools they need to succeed and make math fun. Your child will appreciate it in the long run, and so will you.