Vignetta Naomi April 7, 2021 Math Worksheet
The importance of teaching our children math simply can‘t be underestimated. Basic math skills such as understanding addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and percentages are all basic life skills. We use these skills every day, often without even thinking about it. The question, then, isn‘t why our children should learn math, but what we can do to help them learn. Children need our encouragement. They need the help and guidance of family members. They also need numerous opportunities to practice.
The first secret you need to discover is that your children will follow your lead. Not a big secret to most parents, but sometimes we are unaware of the influence we have on our children. How often have you sat faced with a list of figures - balancing the check book, credit card statement or filling out tax forms - and muttered about how much you hate math, how hard it is, how you just don‘t have a head for math? You need to stop yourself right now! What you are telling your child is that math is a horrid chore, a difficult task, and one that you either have the talent to do, or you don‘t. You are making your child anxious about a school subject that they will have to do for many years - and a skill that they will need for the rest of their lives. You are also telling them that if they struggle with math, it just means that they don‘t have the talent for it - and it is therefore not their fault, and there is nothing they can do about it.
As a math tutor for 15 years, I have tutored hundreds of students from all the grade levels. I found most of the students were not comfortable with mathematics. More than 80% of them said, ”the mathematics is very hard.” Why do most of the students find mathematics a hard subject and try to avoid it? The answer for the above question is hidden in a simple example. I always give the example of stairs to my students, and giving the same example in this article. I compare the steps of a staircase to the concepts in mathematics. As this is very hard to reach higher floors of a building without stairs (or elevators these days), same way learn higher concepts in mathematics without learning basic concepts is very hard.
Encouraging children to learn math starts with helping children understand how relevant math is to our lives. Educators recognize this which makes it one of the reasons math books often use examples involving money, sharing toys, or even food. These skills are the foundations of understanding how our children will learn to manage money, how to cook, how to learn, how to explore, and how to build.Take this idea one step further. Encourage your child to learn math by showing them the numerous ways you use math in your daily life. Show them how you use it in your daily work. Showing your child how important math is can be as simple as showing them how to figure out which item provides the best deal at the grocery store.
It goes without saying that parents need to be involved in their children‘s education. The learning that takes place at home is every bit as important as the learning that takes place at school. With math, this can be as easy as going over homework with your child, encouraging them when they get right answers, and helping them understand where they made a mistake when they get an answer wrong. Through seeing the importance you place on their math education, your child will understand that their learning is important to you.
The heart shape is fantastically useful for teaching all sorts of mathematical problems, including geometry. Have your child cut out a heart shape from paper and use it to help them understand symmetry. How many lines of symmetry does a Heart Have? Help kids learn about patterns by using colored hearts or a series of Valentine‘s Day pictures. Introduce them to simple patterns; for instance red heart, green heart, red heart. From here you can make the patterns more complex by making them longer or including a higher degree of variation.
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