Math is by far one of the most dreaded subjects in school, but there is no reason that it has to be. If you want your child to enjoy math and not be intimidated by it, one of the best things you can do as a parent is to find fun ways to incorporate math learning at home.
First and foremost, don't let yourself be daunted. Just because you don't remember algebra, doesn't mean that teaching math at home is a lost cause. The most important thing is that you remain cool, calm and collected. Your kids will pick up on your enthusiasm and not your dread.
Next, be involved. While it is natural to shy away from what we don't understand and don't enjoy, be involved with your child's math class and curriculum. Ask the teacher questions and get lesson plans, so you can know what your child is learning in class and try to incorporate it at home. Make sure you understand the math yourself before you try teaching it to your kid.
Teaching math at home should be fun and creative. Use the Internet by going online to find games and apps that you and your child can do together. Don't be afraid to think outside of the box when using everyday activities to incorporate math. For example, if you like to watch the TV show "Deal or No Deal," use it as a chance to teach your child about probabilities. Once you start looking around, you will find that opportunities to teach your child about math abound.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to introduce math into everyday situations at home:
Now that you have a few ideas, start turning everyday occurrences into learning opportunities. Children are apt to learn math when they are having a good time participating in one of their favorite activities. In fact they won't even realize they are learning something until it's too late!
If you'd like more ideas, feel free to stop by or call us at Mathnasium in Parker. We love to talk about kids and math.