We may take for granted that our kids will grow up and learn how to add, multiply, subtract and divide. Research shows that early maths lessons will establish the base for the rest of their thinking lives. Ongoing studies are discovering the importance of math to children’s success so it’s more important than ever to help your child love math while they are still young.
Be an example
Educators and researchers say it’s possible for a maths-phobic parent to convey negative connotations of the subject, which may make your child fear math. Attitude has everything to do with learning so improve their attitude to maths by showing your confidence of dealing with paying bills, working out your tax return or collecting money for the school fundraiser. Studies also show that struggling with maths may be a positive – A parent who is comfortable with trying and failing can teach a child how to challenge themselves and overcome problems.
They want to learn
Young children are eager to learn. It’s hard to walk and talk, but they push themselves over those limits and will tackle learning maths with the same attitude. When they want to learn something, they will seek it out and learn from it much faster and easier rather than in a classroom environment. Studies show that making maths fun, such as playing games, will enhance their experience and significantly improve their maths skills. Use of counting songs, learn to count songs, numbers songs can help children learn in fun manner.
Begin with counting
There are three types of learners: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic. Visual learners may prefer to see the numbers in order. Auditory learners prefer to listen to the numbers over and over. Numbers songs are repetitive and help form the basis for counting. There are multiple counting songs online and which can be used to assist children enjoy counting. Kachy TV has a huge selection of interactive kid’s songs for this. The Kinaesthetic learners are a little more dynamic, they may like to count objects and move them around to understand the counting process. In this case the actual practice is important and parents can provide exercises for their children.
Make it real
The goal is to make maths real and meaningful by pointing it out in the world around them. According to a long-term in-home study of 44 pre-schoolers and their parents, children who are exposed to numbers and spatial awareness relationships tend to instil better maths skills at age 4. At the shops there are endless ways to include maths – do we have more apples than oranges? Can you put 8 potatoes in this bag for me please? Kids love getting dirty and playing in the garden. Use this enthusiasm and include maths too. Incorporate spatial awareness by asking your child to help you estimate where to plant things in the ground. Determining how deep, far apart from the others and how wide the hole needs to be involves guessing, checking and problem solving skills.
These methods shouldn’t be forced on children but instead we should let them lead the way, and show them the door to open; if they need help to find it. And also, while maths is very important subject we should not only focus on maths or forget that there are many other subjects. It is important for children to also explore other subjects so learning to count and maths are done in conjunction with other learning activities. This will provide variety of learning options for the children. For most children they may grow up to focus on different professional goals and some even in sports but the initial educational goals should help them build the foundation needed for success in any profession and with much needed life skills.