A simple step by step guide to assist Parents in helping their child to learn and clearly understand mathematics.
Parents are keen to help their children with mathematics, yet are often unsure how to do so. They may only have their own experiences of school to rely on, (unfortunately often negative), and feel that it has all changed since they were at school, or fear that they are doing it the wrong way, or differently from their child’s teacher. Another common problem is the child who refuses help from his or her parents, and certainly at the end of a busy day, both children and parents are tired, and the idea of struggling through pages of mathematics is not appealing.
The bascis of teaching Maths
The next set of blogs is for parents who want understand the basics of teaching maths to young children. It gives parents an up to date guide to the mathematical concepts, language, and work their children may experience. It extends from the Nursery age children, to the end of Key Stage 1 (4-7 year olds).
Using the example of simple ‘addition’ it is important for the child to:
- Be able to match 1:1.
- Count in a sequence.
- ‘Count on’ using a ‘number line’, so becoming confident with ‘number bonds (now known as ‘facts’)
- Develop an awareness of ‘place value’!
Confused? Not sure of the ‘mathematical terms’ used?
In school, these are everyday concepts and terms that children will experience.
If, as a parent you have an understanding of the concepts, then such occasions as walking to school, or a long car journey, can be utilised into a fun ‘number bond’ or ‘counting on’ experience.
- The accounts used in the step by step guide are concise with clear subject headings, so that busy parents can ‘dip’ into it with ease.
- Checkpoints are included so the parent can assess their child’s ability and progress.
- A great deal of work can be done orally or ‘mentally’, and the guide is full of clear diagrams and colourful graphics to explain the concepts.
- Many practical suggestions are given, often using everyday items, to make mathematics ‘real’ and, most importantly, enjoyable.
If the mathematical foundations are firmly laid, children will move on to the Key Stage 2 Mathematics with understanding, confidence and enjoyment.
Just remember, in every day life ‘Maths is All Around Us’.
From the grocery shopping to shop signs through to phone numbers etc you can find simple and fun examples of mathematical concepts and use them to enhance your child’s learning and understanding of maths.
Over the next 6 blogs this comprehensive step by step parental guide to Helping my Child with Maths, will be available for you to dip in and out of.