Maths at Home

What if you hated Maths as a child? What if you don’t understand how Maths is done at school now and don’t want to confuse your child?

Encourage your children as much as possible when it comes to Maths work. This often means sitting with them and asking about how they solve problems, allowing them to use their homework to show you how to work out the answers. Children generally love attention from their parents so sitting with them and asking them about how they work things out can be a good way to give them your attention and show them that you value the work they are doing.

Young children are naturally eager to learn. It’s hard to learn to talk or walk—but they don’t care, they just push themselves past their limits. Many young children are going to come at Maths with that same attitude. Try to avoid speaking negatively about Maths, even if you have no need for trigonometry in your daily life! A lot of people will joke that they cannot do Maths or announce publicly, “I’m not a maths person”. When a parent does that in front of a child, it can suggest that Maths is not important.

If you are stuck on how to foster enthusiasm for Maths, keep reading these articles. They will outline what parts of Maths are especially im-portant at a primary and middle school level. I will give some insights from other parents of primary and high school children, as well as other Maths teachers. Lastly I will give some reviews of some apps and web-sites that can be very helpful in building up mathematical skills and thinking.

Matt Cordery
Numeracy Leader

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