Maths is an important school subject and is actually compulsory in the UK until the end of GCSE level. With that said, it’s important for children to be engaged with maths, even if it’s not necessarily their favourite subject. Parents can help by exploring maths at home using various fun techniques. I have teamed up with a private school near London to share some top tips to get you started.
A Positive Approach
When talking about maths around or with your child, it’s important that you adopt a positive approach. You may have hated maths as a child and struggle with it as an adult, but if you’re not enthusiastic about it, your child won’t be either.
Help with Homework
You don’t have to be brilliant at maths in order to provide a helping hand for your child. If they are struggling, try and work through the problems together and use books or the internet to help. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that talk through certain concepts to help children understand what they’re learning.
Using Maths in Board Games
There are plenty of board games that involve basic numeracy skills, such as Monopoly. Playing these types of games gives your child a chance to practise maths without even realising it, in a fun and family friendly way.
Applying Maths to Real Life
Try and find ways to make maths more relatable to your child so that they feel more motivated to learn. If they feel their maths lessons are pointless, they will quickly lose interest, but if they can comprehend that maths is important in everyday life, they will likely feel more determined. Next time you’re out shopping, ask your child to help you calculate how much you’ll need to pay at the till and how much change you should receive. Practise at home by playing shop games with your child, as they may feel more comfortable handling pretend money until they’re more confident with numbers. You could also get them to help you with the cooking/baking, as this will involve measuring and weighing, and converting between units of measurement.
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