Your child may be too young to bring home difficult math homework questions, but he or she will start those math assignments eventually. You can help your child prepare for tough math studies by cultivating a familiarity with math at an early age. These tips will help your children build the basic math skills that will allow them to excel in their studies.
Teach Good Homework Practices
Your child may be completing his homework, but is it really helping him? Make sure your child understands how to approach math homework and isn’t just using the answers in the back of the book to hand in a complete sheet. You may want to encourage him to practice sample problems, and discuss concepts with him to verify that he understands the problems.
Have a Positive Math Outlook
Telling your child how much you disliked math class or saying that math has little use in real life will not turn your child into a successful math student. Instead, reinforce the idea that math is important and that basic math skills are important to adult life. Talk about how math plays a role in your job and the jobs of other adults your child knows. Making math a positive, important focus will help your child establish a good math mindset.
Use Well-rounded Approaches to a Problem
Help your child approach the problem in creative ways. He could use blocks as a tactile approach to addition or subtraction, for example. Some children may benefit from verbalizing math problems. Helping your child discuss the steps and theory of a problem may the key to understanding the larger concepts. And remember, getting the wrong answer is a learning experience. Help your child figure out what went wrong and how he or she can fix it.
Starwood Montessori School can help your child achieve math proficiency in creative, exciting ways. Our Montessori approach to teaching engages students in the classroom in the Frisco and Carrollton areas. Call us today at (972) 712-8080 to find out more.