Do you have tips for learning about maths?
Making learning maths fun is important I think. How many of us remain a little scared of all things numeracy? Is it really so terrifying and if we think so, what messages are we giving to our children? How many of you struggle to understand your children’s numeracy homework even at primary school age? Just me then?!
I have decided to incorporate things that I hope will make maths much more fun for both myself and the children.
It is important to have a laugh! Looking at answers people have given to exam questions can be fun. People can be very inventive when asked to “find x”. I certainly struggled to understand how numbers could sometimes be letters. How about you?
Keeping things simple initially helps – both myself and the children need to feel good about their ability to tackle maths. Set them up to succeed and as confidence grows, play with new concepts and tasks.
Accepting that times and methods have changed since you were at school. The positive spin on this is that it means your children can help explain things to you that you don’t get – they love that in my experience! Also you get to develop your knowledge which has to be a good thing.
Don’t assume everything was covered in the classroom. Check what they have and have not heard of and what methods they have used.
Consider the links between art and mathematics and music and mathematics. These may be the key to unlocking your child’s interest in numeracy.
Use everyday opportunities for learning such as shopping and cooking. Learning does not have to happen in a classroom style format.
Devise affirmations about maths with your child. I am using this more and more. Examples include “Parents and teachers make mistakes too” and “I am not bad if I cannot work it out yet”
One this home education journey of ours, I am working things out every day but I think if we share what we know that tends to be a good thing.
Do you have any tips on making learning about maths less scary?