Boosting Your Child's Math Success
By Ms. Frances Acin
Learning math can be a tricky thing for many students. In many ways, learning math is like building a pyramid. Math skills such as counting, adding, and subtracting are the foundation of building blocks that make up the base. If one math skill does not quite fit, it makes the foundation shaky and new skills become harder to learn.
This is what might cause many students to lose confidence and fall behind. However, there are ways that you can help your child before they start losing confidence. Math is truly magical, and definitely not set in stone.
So here are a few tips to help boost your child’s math skills and confidence.
- Explain how math applies to real life situations and challenge your child to help you solve the math problems you encounter when you’re out together. Your child will be more interested in mastering math if he/she realizes its value.
- Does your child really know it? If he/she can answer a basic math question within three seconds he/she has mastered the concept. Try drills and flash cards.
- Check out the common core math standards to familiarize yourself with the skills your child will be working on in school.
- Review math vocabulary to ensure your child can define the skills he/she is learning.
- Approach word problems together. Encourage your child to read aloud, repeat, and even draw a picture of each problem.
- Check regularly to make sure your child is approaching their homework accurately.
- Develop a growth mindset,which means your child can improve with work and support.
“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”- Albert Einstein