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Top Tips for Helping Your Child with Maths

Top Tips for Helping Your Child with Maths

Many people find maths quite an intimidating subject, especially if they are more comfortable with music, art or literature. However, maths is a crucial and unavoidable aspect of the school curriculum; students must study maths until the end of their GCSEs, at least, even if they don’t like it or find it challenging. Luckily, there are many ways that parents can help their children with fundamental maths skills, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a mathematical genius. 

It’s definitely worth devoting your time to this specific area of your child’s education, as maths and other STEM related credentials can carve a pathway to a range of excellent future career options. So, you’re most likely questioning where and when to start? Here are some tips from a junior school in Blackpool.

There’s No Time Like the Present…

The sooner you can start working on your child’s numeracy skills, the better. If your child is young, there are a range of nursery rhymes that can help them learn basic counting, such as “Ten Green Bottles”, “This Old Man” and “Ten in the Bed”, to name but a few. If you’re unsure of the lyrics, have a look on YouTube to familiarise yourself. If you send your child to nursery, they will likely learn some of these rhymes whilst they are there.

Counting Cash…

If your child is a little older, one great way to familiarise themselves with numbers and calculations is to ask them to help you calculate how much money you will need at the till when paying for items. Even if you don’t want them playing with real money, board games like Monopoly will encourage them to count their cash and get used to adding, subtracting and even multiplying. These sorts of activities will help your child to understand how important maths is in everyday life, and also that it’s not as intimidating as it first seems.

Cooking…

Another way to encourage your child to think about numbers is to ask them to help you with the cooking. This will involve measuring ingredients, converting ounces to grams or millilitres to litres, and calculating oven times. This will also be a fun bonding experience for you. Helping your child out of the classroom will give them the confidence to see maths with a positive attitude and allow them to approach sums and equations with optimism.

Contact the School…

If you are struggling to help your child with their maths, don’t hesitate to contact their teachers for some further advice. They will be able to suggest some age-appropriate learning tools and perhaps explain a little more about the curriculum. 

*This is a collaborative post.

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