It's a new year, and with a new comes new resolutions about how to improve you and your families' lives. It's never too late to make great choices for your kids that can improve their math learning. And we have a few suggestions on how you and your child can do just that.
A few of our suggestions can be challenging, especially if adults have deep-seated anxieties when it comes to math, but most of them are so easy and fun, you'll wish you's done them sooner.
5 Resolutions for Kids
1. Ask at least one question a week in math class. It's always okay to raise your hand and ask questions if you don't understand something. Most likey, someone else has the same question!
2. Do your math homework first. You probably have homework in most or all your subjects. If math is a difficult subject for you, you might be tempted to procrastinate on it. Finishing your math homework first, when you're still fresh, will give you better results.
3. Double check your answers. You’ll be surprised how often you catch a wrong answer from a simple calculation error before you turn in your homework and tests.
4. Read a book that includes math. A good book is one of the easier ways to soak up some math. Here’s a great list of 30 fun math books for all ages. We're sure you'll find at least one you’ll love!
5. Join a math club or participate in a math competition. Making math fun is a great way to learn it and gain some confidence. It's a sure way to make it seem less intimidating.
5 Resolutions for Parents
1. Ask your child at least one math-related question every day. Whether at the grocery store when you’re tallying up prices, making measurements while cooking, driving to and from school, around the dinner table, asking a logic riddle is one way to keep your child's mind working and curious. (By the way, our weekly word problem challenges are the perfect place to start!)
2. Focus on concepts, not just straight answers. Instead of asking “What’s the answer?”, ask “How did you solve it?” or “Why would you use that formula here?” Checking their process is important in checking their understanding.
3. Play family games that include math. Games that involve, such as Monopoly or Life, money are great, but even math-specific games, such as Four Way Countdown, Connect Four, or Chess, can be fun for the entire family! And don’t forget about the games you can play on family road trips to both improve their math skills and make the trip seem shorter.
4. Help your child manage their time. Kids who have a packed schedule are bound to get stressed out, and all of their grades will likely suffer. Helping your child prioritize their tasks can offer them more time to study and do homework without feeling rushed.
5. Keep a positive attitude about math! Parents who have had trouble with math can unknowingly pass their anxiety on to their children. There's no need to exaggerate your love of math if it isn’t true, but avoiding negative thoughts and feelings can save your children a lot of anxiety and insecurity.
And of course...
6. Take your child to Mathnasium for a no-obligation first visit!