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How Can You Help If Your Child Has Math Anxiety?

Apr 28, 2021

Math Anxiety Is Real But We're Here To Help

Whether you're learning math or teaching it you may have been one of the many people out there that experienced math anxiety. 

You may have experienced it while trying to help your child with their math homework only to realize you never understood that topic in math or it's just been so long since you had to use that math. 

Here at Mathnasium of Nashua we offer homework help along with a customized learning plan to help your child close gaps and get ahead of the class. We work on making sure every student has number sense or  the ability to appreciate the size and scale of numbers in the context of the question at hand. Jo Boaler in her book Mathematical Mindsets defines Number Sense as "...interacting with the numbers flexibly and conceptually." 

Here at Mathnasium of Nashua we offer homework help along with a customized learning plan to help your child close gaps and get ahead of the class.

Number Sense 

One of the ways we teach number sense is to understand that multiplication is really a form of addition. For example if your child know that 7*11 is 77 they can work out that 7*12 is 7 more than 77 rather than racking their brain for the times table they're trying to memorize. This way of thinking about numbers takes the stress of memorization away.

Mathnasium of Nashua is here not only for homework help but also to help build confidence to calm the anxiety that comes with math for many students. We work with student at their current math level based from a comprehensive assessment and work to build those foundational skills. While they work on the material with instructors we encourage parents to keep a good attitude towards math and help by playing games or other interactive activitites. 

Mathnasium of Nashua is here not only for homework help but also to help build confidence to calm the anxiety that comes with math for many students.

Keeping an open mind

Keeping a good attitude even if you have to fake it can help your children learn how to work through own emotions with math and learn how to ask questions. This will give them the opportunity to keep an open mind when being reintroduced to topics they learned in the classroom. 

A car ride could mean a time to go over money concepts and counting by 2,5, or 10s to see how high they can count! Board games with dice and counting like Candyland and Snakes and Ladders help build counting skills. Other games familes can play are card games like Uno and SET for pattern recognition. 

Keeping math questions open-ended gives your child a chance to think

You can listen to the audio podcast with more pareting advice regarding raising children to not fear math on NHPRs website