During the month of love, Mathnasium is sharing our love of math with students across the Valley!
Many students just received their first semester's report card and may be feeling defeated. Never fear! They aren't along and there are ways you can help rebuild their confidence at home and help them learn to love math.
On the segment, Libby shared these 3 tips:
- If you feel math is hard, don’t share this with your kids. This can pass along a phobia for math from generation to generation. Not many people would announce they are bad at writing or reading. Anxiety over math has been recognized as a grade killer – children with math anxiety are so worried about doing math it can lower their performance on math tests. Present math in an enthusiastic manner, and encourage your kids not to give up.
- Integrate math into everyday activities – play games, cooking, and even shopping. Come up with more than one solution for everyday problems. We make dozens of calculations in our daily lives – show them how it works in the real world. Show how math is useful in the real world. Their favorite social media network was created by an engineer.
- Kids need to see that perseverance is required. It is important for kids to work out the math problems on their own, as it builds intrinsic learning and muscle memory. If a parent provides the answer, it could make math more difficult as they progress through the year. It is best for parents to guide them through the problems with questions like, “What is the goal of the problem?” or “Where would I use this in real life?” or “Why do you think your teacher gave you this assignment? What do you they want you to learn?”
Want more advice? Here's some additional tips to try:
- Connect with your child’s teacher to see what is expected to learn by the end of the year, and then share what you are experiencing at home. You can come up with an active plan to right the course.
- Read math themed storybooks. This can build the confidence of younger students and improve ability.
- Offer to volunteer in your child’s class during math time. You can see how concepts are taught and follow through with lessons at home. This can put you more at ease with math and with the concepts being taught.
Bring them to Mathnasium of Queen Creek for a No Risk Assessment to see how we can support them! Mathnasium of helps students in grades 2-12 catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math. We offer math tutoring and enrichment, homework help, and test prep to deliver results to kids. When math makes sense, kids confidence increases and doors are opened!
We hope February becomes the month your child learns to love (or at least begin to like) math!