How to Do Math With Your Child [Part 1]

This post is a guide for parents written by the Ontario Government in Canada. I plan to cut out all the fluff and pick the most important methods they mention in this lengthy e-book. I will link the full guide at the end of this post!

They state that this guide is essential for parents of K-6 students. And if that is you, you are in for a treat!

Let’s dive in!

How can I support my child’s learning?

I remember as a kid, the support I got when I was learning math was incredible. Both my parents as well as elementary teachers went the extra mile to help me understand the concepts in an easy way.

And this might be the key for your child!

We know that teaching is difficult but this guide says it doesn’t have to be that way.

“Today, critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning ability and the ability to communicate
mathematically are essential skills. These processes are the foundation of mathematics
instruction in Ontario schools. They are brought into play as you engage your child in the
activities suggested in this guide.”

If you have read our last post, we went over different tricks and tips that you can help you become the ideal teacher for your child. One of them discusses incorporating math into every day activities. Counting apples, counting money etc.

This can be a great exercise for you to try with your children.

Top Tips for Parents

Build strong, positive attitudes about math. When children feel positively
engaged and successful, they are more likely to stick with an activity or a
problem to find a solution

Begin with activities that meet your child’s level of mathematical
understanding. Early success in solving problems will build your child’s
confidence. Gradually move to activities that provide more challenge for
your child.

If you and your child are more comfortable in a language other than
English, use it. Your child will understand concepts better in the language that
he or she knows best.

Why Is Math Important for Your Child?

Solve problems and make sound decisions
• Perform calculations with ease
• Explain how we solved a problem and why we made a particular decision
• Use technology such as calculators and computer applications to help solve problems
• Understand patterns and trends so that we can make predictions
• Manage our time and money
• Handle everyday situations that involve numbers

Part 2 will be out soon!

You can read the full guide here at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentguidenumen.pdf

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