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How to Help Your Child Find a Love For Maths

We are continuing our theme for the month, Igniting a love for learning by focusing on a topic that is often polarising – Maths. A love for numbers might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but a little practice can go a long way. A wonderful way for children to start understanding the working behind maths is to bring it into real life. Here are just a few activities you could introduce at home to promote mathematical thinking and understanding.

 

Hobbies

Encouraging any hobbies in the home that involve counting is a great way to cover the basics. This could include knitting, where you must count stitches, or something as simple as origami. Find a great video to show you how to fold origami numbers here.

DIY projects

If there is something in the house that needs repairing or perhaps a picture frame needs to be hung, rope in your child’s help. Having them help you measure something or even check if a picture is hanging straight with a spirit level will promote mathematical thinking.

Bring the numbers to food

Encourage your child to join you in the kitchen. Working with metrics whilst cooking is a fun way to take off the pressure, whilst understanding the practical workings of maths. Weighing sugar on a scale or working out how many cups of flour to add is a sure way to expand maths skills.

Gardening

Have your child help with laying out the garden! It could be exciting going to the nursery and picking out plants while keeping in mind how big they will get. Once at home they can help you plant them the required cm’s apart and deep.

Shopping

Shopping is a great way to develop your child’s money skills. At a basic level, you can give them a small amount of money, e.g. R10 and ask them to select 1 item that they can buy for R10. They could also work out the change they will receive! Up the challenge level by giving e.g. R20 for which they need to buy 3 different items. Once your child has mastered the basics and you would like to take it up a level, explain that you have a certain budget, and you should add up the items you buy to see if it fits the budget. Give them a calculator with which to add all the items you place in your trolley. If the budget is exceeded, they could even work out which item(s) could be subtracted!

One thing to keep in mind if your child really struggles with maths is that the problem could lie at the foundational level. Just like one needs to learn how to walk before you can run, you must learn how to count first before moving on to more advanced materials. Even poor visual memory or processing skills could be the cause of your child’s difficulties. It is important to identify the root of the problem and obtain the right help, such as Edublox’s Mathsblox, that can help your child build a strong foundation of cognitive and numeracy skills.

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