7 secrets to get your child excited about maths


When you balance your checkbook, buy shoes, measure distance or check the time, you’re using maths. To improve your child’s grade in Maths, you may apply these tips;

Don’t communicate dislike for maths to your child

Many adults say they hated maths in school, according to national polls. If you are one of them, be careful that you don’t communicate that attitude to your child. Help him improve his attitude toward maths by showing him that you are confident when completing routine tasks like counting money from a school fund-raiser, balancing your check book or completing your tax return. You can also point out the importance of maths in different professions including architecture, medicine, fashion design, restaurant management and computer programming.

Help your child use maths every day

Encourage your child to solve problems involving math outside of school. In the grocery store, ask her to figure out the price of four cans of tuna fish. In the car, ask her how long it will take to travel to your destination based on your speed. In the toy store, ask her to calculate the price of a discounted toy and how long it will take to save up her allowance to buy it.

Familiarise yourself with learning standards

It’s important to know what math skills your child should learn in his current grade. You can access the learning standards for your child’s grade on the Web site for your state department of education or ask your child’s teacher to outline them for you. If you know what your child will be learning, it will be easier to complement those skills with activities at home.

Monitor your child’s math homework

Do your child’s math assignments only call for rote work or does the teacher include a creative “problem of the week” that tests students’ understanding of mathematical concepts? Ask your child’s teacher which techniques he uses to help students become more comfortable with math.

Pay attention to details

You can help your child with math homework by making sure she shows all her work when solving equations and checks for correct calculations and answers. It’s a good idea to limit distractions and set aside the same time every day for homework.

Play maths games at home

There are many games your child can play that involve math. Beginning in the elementary years, students can learn to enjoy math by playing games such as chess, dominoes, cribbage, checkers, Yahtzee and backgammon.

Read books that incorporate maths

More and more schools are starting to integrate diverse subject areas in the curriculum so that students can make clearer connections. But how do you include math in a history or English class? One way is to read books in which the main characters solve a problem using math or logic. Examples include One Hundred Angry Ants by Ellinor J. Pinczes, The King’s Commissioners by Aileen Friedman and Socrates and the Three Little Pigs by Tuyosi Mori.


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