We find many students hate Math from the bottom of their hearts and they do not know the reason for it. This leads to negative scores in Math and their lack of understanding the value of Math in life.
It is the greater parental duty to instill a love of Math in kids and there are ways for it. Here are they:
Be a Math myth buster: There are many myths about Math. It is a general feeling that Math doers are gifted brains with special abilities. Some feel that Math skills are inherited from parents. Some feel that boys do better Math than girls. The fact is anyone who perseveres and works hard in Math is able to achieve with it. Parents have to instill this positive feeling in their kids and make them realize that Math is within their reach, once they persevere. One more thing is that they should avoid all casual comments about Math like “I am not good at Math“ or “ I was very good at Math” or “What good Math does in your career?. All these comments impact the kid’s mind one way or the other and affects his studies.
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Create positive vibes about Math learning: Do not give false pictures about Math. Don’t say Math is hard or it is easy. Make your kid understand that Math is an important aspect of his learning with real life situations. Ask him to calculate the grocery bill and help him choose a birthday gift which is really worth its money. Make him understand that Math is essential for his achievements in life.
Make Math an early learning: Expecting kids to learn Math by themselves is an error. It can turn negative also. Some kids like Math and most of them hate Math. This is due to the exposure in class or bullying peers or sheer negligence on the part of the kids. They should love Math, true, they should also take Math seriously. Expecting kids to add, subtract or multiply without mistake from their early age is not wise. Instead, small activities like counting the plants in the garden, calculating the time for your favorite TV show are those that kindle enthusiasm in kids to learn Math.
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Play games: Anything learnt with fun is loved by kids and they do not realize the toughness of the matter. You can use the computer games, apps for playing Math games and make Math learning an inspiring one. Anything implanted in mind with enthusiasm has been getting imprinted in the mind forever and so is Math through games and fun activities. Children like to learn Math and start doing the subject without compulsion. Joining online Math tutoring centers will help you a lot in this aspect as the tutors help your kid with many interactive games and make a fun atmosphere in Math classes.
Teach them stress busters while will Math: Math exercise, lots of stress on kids and they wear out very soon. Ask them to take a deep breath or listen to music for some time. They can even go for a small walk or watch their favorite movie for a diversion. Taking meditation classes and even physical exercises are good in this matter. Encourage the kid to face Math with a challenging attitude and tackle Math sums with courage.
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It is the right attitude to do Math that should be developed in kids through encouraging words and fun activities. You can approach online Math tutors for more tips and let your kid on the right path to successful Math.
Math love is not inherent. It should be developed.
This is really cool I just read it and it might help me so I actually like math.
Thanks Alexis.I am glad that you like Math and the article.