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How to Help Your Children Develop Math Skills

>> Feb 16, 2012

Mathematics is one of the few things that adults will openly and comfortably say that they are not good at. It is an understandably difficult subject which is dominated by rules and which stifles creativity through its very nature. Mathematics is, however, one of the most important core subjects that we learn in school and it can lead to great wealth and success. Research demonstrates that children learn best through imitation, games and examples. Here we’ve created a brief guide for helping to develop mathematics skills in children, with these principles in mind.

1. Music lessons
Music lessons may seem like a very bizarre way to teach maths. It has, however, actually been demonstrated that the brain development connected with playing a musical instrument is beneficial to mathematic success. This trend is also continued through later development and those who have musical experience tend to perform better in exams than those who don’t.

2. Visit teaching storesTeaching supply stores are not just for teachers. Take your child with you to look at a teaching store and spend some time browsing the activities that you could complete together.
Teaching resources can suggest very fun ways to learn and greatly benefit your child at the same time.

3. Recognising Maths in everyday life

There are endless opportunities to point out the usage's of maths in everyday life. Whether you point out the use of measurements on a cereal packet or talk your child through the abbreviations for volumes on the side of groceries, every fraction of exposure to mathematical vocabulary is beneficial. Opening a bank account for your child and showing them how to deposit money can help to improve their maths skills and teach them about the importance of saving at the same time.

4. Cooking
Cooking is all about measurements and mathematics. There is lots of fun to be had when cooking and it provides the perfect opportunity to throw in a special educational ingredient. Just a pinch of maths can go a long way. Get your child to read the recipe for you and try some of the following to intensify the mathematic factor:

· Halve or double the required ingredients and have your child work out the correct measurements.

· Discuss what the measurements mean with your child. Tell them how many pounds are in an ounce, for example.

· Get your child to set the table and use multiplication to work out how many utensils are needed. eg. ‘If 4 people eat with 3 utensils each, then how many utensils are there all together?’

5. Always be positive

Positivity is essential with regards to all education. Your child will likely say something like; ‘but I’m no good at math,’ at some time during their education. Responding in a negative way will reinforce this belief. Instead, it is vital to buoy their spirits and suggest that it will get easier over time.

6. Mathematic Vocabulary
Mathematic focus is almost always placed on numbers and equations. For this reason it’s common that children remain underexposed to mathematic vocabulary. As with all learning, repetition is the key, but schools rarely focus on the repetition of mathematic vocabulary. The principle of a Venn diagram may well be grasped but the vocabulary is very often forgotten. Purchase a
maths dictionary and use it to introduce your children to the print vocabulary of the complex meanings they are being taught. Some mathematic terms are often far more complicated than other elements of literacy that are taught to children of the same age. For this reason it is significantly important that children are aided in the understanding of these terms.

Helping your child to develop their mathematical skills early is important and doesn’t have to be a chore for you or your little one. In fact, by participating in activities you both enjoy, learning maths can actually be made fun!

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