Top Tips for Helping Your Child with Maths

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It is widely recognised that parents play a vital role in helping their children to achieve success at school. However when it comes to helping with maths, many parents worry that what their children are doing at school looks very different to the kind of mathematics they remember!

The trick here is trying not to panic! You can help your children to develop their numeracy skills by simply applying maths to everyday activities.

Here is some useful information and ideas from a primary school in Hillingdon on how you can help your child with their mathematical learning at home…

Everyday learning

To help make maths more fun, try to incorporate it into your everyday life. For example, include your child in lots of home activities that might involve numbers. This could be measuring out ingredients when cooking or counting money for shopping. By practicing maths in this way, your child won’t even realise they are learning!

School maths

It can be helpful to understand how your child is being taught maths at school. This will help you to practice the same techniques at home and teach maths at the correct level for your child. Speak to your child’s teacher to find out what they are currently working on and what you can do to support your child’s learning at home.

Time 

Telling the time is an area that many children struggle with, so helping them to practise can be very beneficial. Make sure that there are both traditional and digital clocks around the house for your child to learn from. You could also use train time tables or TV guides to help your child recognise the 24 hour clock. You should also give your child problems to solve. Such as “dinner will be ready in 45 minutes. What time will it be ready?”

Online learning

There are many useful online resources that can help your child to improve their maths skills. Again, you can ask your child’s teacher for recommendations, or have a look at online activities aimed at your child’s age group. Many of these are free and often include games, which can help to make learning maths much more exciting.

Family fun

Role play games are great for youngsters. Play shopkeepers with your child and use pretend money to teach them how to count. For older children you could ask them to pretend to be the teacher and explain their maths lessons to you. This will not only help you to keep up with what they are working on at school, but it will also help your child to remember what they have learnt by repeating it. Board games are also great learning tools; for example, Dominos and Monopoly are ideal for practicing maths and reinforcing key STEM skills.

Homework

Finally, when your child says they need help with their with maths homework it is a good idea to give them space and time to work things out on their own first. Try not to do the work for them. Encourage them to give the work a go before asking for your help. You can then check their answers and talk through any they found difficult. 

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