A common question we hear from parents is that they would like to help with learning at home, but just don’t know where to start. This month we chatted with Julie, a Maths teacher at a large secondary school in Staffordshire. Here she shares some ideas for helping with maths at home.
Look for everyday examples
Maths is everywhere! One great way to encourage an enjoyment of maths is to find everyday examples. If your child is struggling with maths try to bring it in to your day to day conversations. For younger children, simple things like counting out food or toys and looking for numbers on houses, signs and even car number plates, can help to improve number recognition. For older children you could point out examples of when maths is useful such as budgeting and finances and practical tasks like building and measuring.
Practise makes perfect
The way to help your child to improve is encourage them to practise their skills with practical examples. Encourage your child to ask their teacher for extra questions and activities to work through and practice papers in the run up to exams. For little learners, the Cbeebies website has some excellent resources and games that make numeracy fun for younger children. Take a look here to access them:
It is very common for a parent to feel nervous about supporting their children in an area they themselves feel nervous about. Many parents complain about their own fear around Maths and tell me they are unsure of how to help their child when they themselves are unsure. It’s important to not pass on your own reservations, so a positive attitude is key. Avoid negative comments and if you’re not sure speak on a certain area of the curriculum speak to your child’s teacher, or refer to some of the helpful resources available on the internet. A great place to start is the National Numeracy’s Family Maths Toolkit.
As your child grows in confidence, you could ask them to teach you or talk you through the tasks they are completing and learn together.
If you have concerns about your child’s progress, we always recommend having a chat with their class teacher to try and get to grips with what is happening in the classroom.
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Do you have any strategies that work well for your pupils or children? Get in touch via Twitter (@parenthub_uk) or email firstname.lastname@example.org