How many of us just jump at every opportunity to give our children the best? We put them in the best schools, have them enrolled in activity classes and cheer them on as they develop each new skill. Perhaps one aspect of academic development that we forget to think of is how to provide a solid foundation in math. So many kids are utterly terrified of this subject because no one has taken the time to explain the concepts to them. Mechanical learning takes a child nowhere when it comes to this subject.
As parents who have perhaps been through the same grind at one point, it is surely difficult for us to explore this subject in a creative way. But the enthusiasm we show is what transpires to a child, so it is important that we keep these pointers in mind.
1. Rarely, if ever, does a good score in an exam mean the child is proficient in a subject, and the same applies to mathematics too! Don’t judge a child’s learning on the subject just by looking at the answer sheet. If they’ve made a mistake, ask them what made them come to a particular conclusion.
2. Few teachers have the foresight to tell children where Trigonometry will be used in real life, or how statistics are used in academics. The true pain of this approach comes to the fore in higher classes and graduate courses, where the student is suddenly expected to make sense of vague data and solve complex equations without ever understanding the need to do all this. Stay engaged with your child’s math teacher so you can suggest what approach will work best for your child.
3. From a young age, engage the child with puzzles and activities that help develop their logic. Simple games that drive home the concept of ‘increase in quantity’ as opposed to just ascending numbers will help them understand the idea behind why we use numbers.
4. Developing logic is vastly different from plain vanilla education. Indeed, things like logic need to be developed over time and cannot always be taught in a classroom setting. Specialized classes that orient the child towards developing this skill can go a long way in shaping his/ her future.
5. If you have struggled with math as a kid, make sure you don’t express this in front of a budding child. Children look up to their parents for guidance and when they see a parent unsure about something, they may internalize the same message.
As a parent, it is important that you look at mathematics from a whole new perspective- that it isn’t just another subject but an art form that has diverse applications even in daily life. By making math a part of everything you do together, from counting the change you must receive from a vendor to checking what time of the day it is, you will go a long way in developing your child's interest.
So, for every child who has ever struggled with numbers or mathematical concepts, we would strongly recommend Cuemath, where they believe that every child has the potential to be proficient in Maths and build a love for it.