Mathematics is a crucial part of your child’s education and an essential life skill. Maths not only helps children to understand numbers, patterns and shapes, but it can also encourage them to think of new concepts and ideas.
Being positive about maths is hugely important for parents. If you express doubt your own maths skills, or suggest that it is your least favourite subject, it can have a negative impact on your child’s maths learning.
Here are some top tips from an independent school in Lancashire on helping your child with their maths learning at home…
Make maths fun, by incorporating it into your everyday life. For example, include your child in any activity at home that requires mathematics. 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 maths much more exciting.
Role play games are a great learning method 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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