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Yes. You’ve managed to pass Calculus and Statistics by the skin of your teeth back in High School. But don’t think the horrors of Math class won’t come back to haunt you. It will, via your child’s homework.
Don’t let your child have a fear of numbers as you do. Mathematics can be fun and exciting when done and taught the right way. Here are our tips.
Infect them with your enthusiasm
Attitude is everything. You can’t expect your kid to be good at something when you, yourself, don’t want to learn it. So instead of saying “I am horrible in Math,” say “You know what, I don’t remember how to do this anymore but let’s figure it out together. And we’ll have so much fun doing it!” On the flip side, if you DO love Math, then show your enthusiasm. The key is to make your kid see that Math is a skill that can be learned, which it is, and not a talent that’s innate.
Get technology to help you
Kids these days are always glued to screens (phones, tablets, laptops), but that doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. There are quite a number of apps and websites out there that make Math more engaging like the Ultimate Math Tutor, Splash Math, and Prodigy, an interactive game with millions of players worldwide. But don’t just download the app and leave your kids to play them. Join in on the fun.
Turn it into a game
Games are a fun and effective way to teach kids about counting and Math. Monopoly, for instance, is teaches kids the basics of adding and subtracting, even multiplying when they buy those houses. And did you know that there’s a Math-only version called Mathopoly. Puzzles, cards, dices—all these can be used to simplify and concretize abstract Math concepts, allowing kids to easily absorb them.
Relate Math to real life
As much as we hate our Math subjects, we have to admit, it’s an essential in everyday life. You use percent when shopping during sales. You need fractions when distributing those pizza slices. You need to know how to add and subtract if you want to keep track of your money. Math is everywhere and your children need to understand that it’s something they will use when they grow up. Show them in fun ways. Take them to the grocery store and get them to budget for you. Role-play with a cash register. Get them to calculate and they will eventually be comfortable with numbers.