Help Your Child Achieve in Math
- Visit your child's school. Meet with your child's teacher
to see if your child is actively involved in math. Find out how you can help your child to
better understand math problems.
Set high standards for your child in math. Make sure your
child is mathematically challenged and encourage his or her interest and pursuit of math.
By the end of the 10th grade, your child should be expected to have studied algebra and
Help children see that math is very much a part of everyday life.
From statistics in sports to the sale price of clothing, from the calories in food to
the amount of gas needed to travel from one city to another, math is important to us every
day. Help your child make these connections to math.
Point out that many jobs require math. From the scientist to
the doctor, from the plant manager to the newspaper salesman, from the computer programmer
to the hardware store owner, many jobs require a strong foundation in math. Help your
child see that math leads to many exciting career opportunities.
Stimulate your child's interest in technology. Encourage your
child to use calculators and computers to further learning.
Play games that help children develop decisionmaking and mental
math skills. There are many games sold commercially, such as board games, that involve
patterns and probability. Play games from your own family traditions such as counting
games and games that keep score. Try schoolyard games such as jump rope, hopscotch, and
jacks. Games require children to use strategies to make decisions, solve problems, and
develop an understanding about numbers and how to use them (number sense) and
Positive attitudes about math will reinforce encouragement. Your
feelings will have an impact on how your children think about math and themselves as
mathematicians. Positive attitudes about math are important in encouraging your child to
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