Maths is a vital part of the curriculum that teaches children important life lessons like how to manage money and think critically. It is also the subject that a lot of children struggle with which is why we have teamed up with an independent college in London to share our top tips for helping children with maths.
Real Life Application
Maths can be challenging for those that prefer interactive, hands-on learning. Real life application can help to engage kinaesthetic learners that otherwise struggle to pay attention. You can do this by using everyday examples to explain concepts like division or physical objects that they can count to demonstrate. When out and about there are plenty of opportunities that you can utilise to get your child to do some quick mental maths and show them how it’s used in real life.
Baking is great fun and gets children to exercise their maths ability. When weighing out ingredients, you can teach them about ratios, units of measurement and operations. The practical element here can help to make lessons more memorable and make maths easier to understand.
To make maths fun, why not combine it with play? You can create your own hopscotch at home to test your child on their maths using chalk. All you’ll need to do is call out sums and they’ll need to answer by jumping to the right number. It’ll get them moving and make solving number problems much more exciting.
Pocket money gives children the opportunity to manage money and apply maths. They can use what they’ve learned in school to work out how much they need to save for things and how best to spend it.
Show that You Enjoy It
Children pick up on behaviours easily and showing that you don’t enjoy maths can make your child feel the same and see it in a negative light. In the same way, you can encourage interest by being more forth coming to working things out.