1. Practice, Practice, Practice.
You were probably taught to memorize digits and tables in school, but it’s best to master math concepts first.
According to developmental expert David C. Geary, “A lack of fluency in basic math fact recall significantly hinders a child’s subsequent progress with problem-solving, algebra and higher-order math concept.”
2. Think Patience and PersistenceDon’t be tempted to let kids skip the easy questions. Teach them to persevere.
Canadian researchers Xin Ma and Nand Kishor report that “The variable ‘attitude’ is one of the most potent factors that leads to achievement,” while University at Rochester Dean of Education Raffaella Borasi says attitudes have a lot to do with students' success.
3. Make Choices That Build Confidence
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has found that the first six years of life are crucial for math success. Encourage and develop a child’s curiosity during those early years, as their imagination and inventiveness are exceptional, plus they are quick to adapt and be flexible.
4. Talk About Math Daily
Encourage kids to ask and answer questions. You can have several children working on equations together to get their minds thinking more efficiently.
A study by Elizabeth A. Gunderson and Susan C. Levine shows that when number talk involves counting or labeling sets of objects directly in front of the student, their future knowledge of numbers will be strong. This is especially true in large sets of objects.
Try these easy ways to incorporate math into daily conversation:
Counting signs while driving
Explaining speed limits and exit numbers
Talking about sale prices
Talking about sports, science or video games
- 5. Teaching Others
Kids who are encouraged to teach others will develop a better grasp of the material. They will learn how to explain solutions, convey how and why they reached certain conclusions and be able to simplify calculations when talking with other kids about it.
Following these simple tips will ensure that you are giving your child the tools to succeed and even enjoy mathematics.
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