Mathematics is such an important part of education and an essential life skill for children to learn. Maths not only helps children to understand numbers, patterns and shapes, but it also encourages them to think of new concepts and ideas.
Being positive about maths is hugely important for parents. If you doubt your own maths skills, or you worry that current teaching methods will differ from your own – Don’t panic! You can help your child to improve their math skills by simply applying it to everyday activities.
Here are some top tips from an independent school in Lincoln to help your child with maths…
To help make maths feel more fun, try to incorporate it into your everyday life. For example include your child in any activity at home which involves numbers. This could be measuring out ingredients when cooking or counting money for shopping. By practicing maths in this way, your child won’t even realise that you are giving them a maths lesson.
It can be helpful to understand how your child is being taught maths at school. This will help you to practice the same techniques at home and teach maths at the correct level for your child. Speak to your child’s teacher to find out what they are currently working on and what you can do to support your child’s learning.
There are many useful online resources that can help your child to improve their maths skills. Again, you can ask your child’s teacher for recommendations, or have a look at online activities aimed at your child’s age group. Many of these are free and often include games, which can help to make learning maths much more exciting.
Role play games are great for youngsters. Play shopkeepers with your child and use pretend money to teach them how to count. For older children you could use board games as learning tools. Dominos and Monopoly are both great games for practicing maths and reinforcing key STEM skills.
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