Children’s numeracy skills can be greatly enhanced by parents. Many parents lack confidence in their own math skills or worry that their teaching methods may be different to what is currently being used in the classroom; however what many parents don’t realise is that they help to develop their children’s maths skills by simply applying them to everyday activities.
Read on for some great tips from Mount House School on how you can support your child’s learning in math in small, fun and practical ways…
Before any learning can take place at home, it is important for parents to demonstrate a positive attitude towards math. Many parents say that they are bad at math or that it was their least favourite subject when they were at school. However these comments can pass on a negative attitude towards math and affect their child’s effort.
An important part of helping your child to learn math involves teaching them how they can apply their skills to everyday situations. This could include using money, playing games or working out measurements. Encouraging your child to practice math in daily life will greatly enhance their numeracy skills.
There are many educational books that provide math exercises for your child to practice. However, this can feel very similar to learning at school. Instead they may find online resources more engaging and more fun to do at home.
If your child is learning their time tables it can be helpful to buy an educational poster. Find a large poster that clearly displays the times tables from 1 to 12 and pop it up somewhere they will see it every day. Regular revision from this poster will aid their memorisation and their understanding of multiplication.
Cooking is another fun and engaging way for your child to develop their math skills. They can practice weighing and measuring in grams and kilograms as well as learn how to read the scales and measure in litres and centiliters.