One of the few things I enjoyed about homeschooling my children was knowing exactly what they were learning about ‘in class’. However, helping my Year 5 daughter with her maths was not fun for either of us. This post discusses how you, as a parent, can help your child with maths – outside of the traditional classroom learning environment.
As someone who ‘struggled’ with maths at school, I have always worried that my children would too. Maths is such a fundamentally important subject that is part of our every day lives. However, some children learn better outside the classroom or using alternative methods of learning. Here are some tips on how to help your child with maths so that they don’t struggle at school or get left behind.
How You As Parents Can Help Your Child With Maths
As a parent, you play a vital role in your child’s performance in school. You need to offer your support and assistance where possible to help equip your child with the necessary skills to allow them to reach their full potential. However, when it comes to certain subjects, parents don’t know where to start. Maths, for instance, is often difficult to teach if we don’t have the basic skills ourselves. Fortunately, a prep school in Surrey have put together the following tips to help.
Why It’s Important To Help Your Child With Maths
In the UK, maths is a compulsory subject for students until the end of their GCSEs. After GCSEs, if you don’t pass maths, you might be forced to rewrite until you do, or access to further learning options is limited. I’m not here to debate why this is wrong or right, but I think we can all agree it’s important to do everything you can to help your child pass maths at GCSEs.
Catching any potential problems early on in their maths learning can really make a difference in the long term. Unless students can grasp the fundamentals of maths, they will struggle to develop their skills further. With that said, parents should try to monitor their child’s progress to ensure they are keeping up with the classroom material.
If you are concerned, try and arrange a chat with their maths teacher from time to time to find out how your child compares to the other students in the classroom and what areas they need to work on. It would help if you also asked them for further information about the curriculum and what will be expected of your child in the coming weeks and months. Once you understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, you will know what to work on at home.
Tips on how to Practice Maths in Everyday Life
Try to practise maths in everyday life, using age-appropriate techniques. Younger children, for example, will benefit from nursery rhymes such as “10 Green Bottles”, which will help them count and become familiar with numbers.
For older children, building with LEGO, board games and puzzles, such as Monopoly or Snakes and Ladders, will allow them to practise basic maths skills in an entertaining way. Other ways to encourage your child to practise maths at home are getting them involved in cooking or shopping. Ask them to calculate oven times, measure ingredients and apply discounts in the shop.
Resources to Help Your Child With Maths
Below are some resources to help your child with maths as reviewed and provided by other parent bloggers.
- 50 Ways to help your child learn times tables
- The best Easy Bread Dough Recipe to bake with kids (+ Free Printable)
- How To Use The Base 10 Method with LEGO
- Number Bonds Game with Dice
- Lego Duplo Number Line For Addition & Subtraction
- Superhero Counting Maths Sheets
- Times Tables Bingo with Free Printable
- 12 Ways to encourage Preschool Maths every day
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