How Can I Support My Child In Math?

Tips On How Children Can Calculate Better

A lot of students do not like math. They get bad grades even when the parents get a private tutor to teach them. Therefore, parents usually ask themselves how do I help my kid in mathematics? 

12 Tips On How Children Learn To Count Better

Tip 1: Encourage your child in maths through a positive attitude

Math is difficult, completely boring. One of the most important steps towards math fun and good grades is therefore a positive attitude in the whole family

In general: Show your child the creative facets of mathematics, for example by painting and explaining geometric shapes together. Or learning arithmetic in elementary school, like the multiplication table, is much more exciting in a sung version. In this way, you support your child in math almost automatically, as they experience that math is not just a pure “subject”, but can offer great variety.

Extra tip: Especially if you are at war with math yourself, discover the subject together with your child and avoid statements like “I’ve always hated math”.

Tip 2: Create motivation for math through books and everyday math

Children learn best when they are interested in something and WANT to discover it for themselves. Therefore, try to support your child in arithmetic by encountering mathematics in a natural and lively way in everyday life.

Math is in baking (how much is 1/8 liter of water), in shopping (how much change do I get), in football (estimate the angle before shooting on goal), in being a Youtube star (how much do I earn per click). 

Tip 3: combine arithmetic with movement

Children like to move! So why not combine a walk, a running game, or climbing stairs with counting, multiplying, adding, subtracting or dividing? For example: add 3 for each step. It is important to mix the calculation types. So after 5 minutes subtract/divide 4 at each step. Or more challenging: throwing a ball back and forth and giving the children a math problem while throwing it. When catching, the result must be called out loud.

Tip 4: give children a sense of achievement in arithmetic

Demotivated students and bad grades are often the product of the vicious circle of  “lack of understanding / bad grades = failure -> little self-confidence / demotivation -> insecurity / fear -> bad grades – …”

You can easily break this circle by creating a sense of achievement. It starts with making tangible what role mathematics plays in everyday life and in the world. (see point 1 & 2 ). Rewards can also motivate, but they don’t necessarily have to be material rewards: Virtual learning games and apps offer their own reward systems, such as exciting stories or unlockable items of clothing for self-created avatars.

It is also helpful to show the child what they can already do and what they have achieved.

Tip 5: take away the fear of grades

Fear of math is often directly related to the negative experience of “bad grade”. Then the vicious circle described above arises and the pressure increases. Parents should therefore not scold children when they get bad grades. Better: In a conversation with the home tuition teacher, analyze the child’s skills and deficits in detail, and then specifically encourage the child in math. Here, too, it is important to create a sense of achievement and show the child what they can do really well.

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