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It’s said that if children can discover things for themselves rather than being told, they find them a lot more exciting and satisfying. I believe this is just as true of maths as it is of any other subject, and if parents get into the habit of using simple maths in an everyday context, their children will be able to understand it, too, as well as learn valuable life skills. So, what exactly are the easiest ways of introducing your child to the world of maths?
Finding the maths in everyday tasks, such as going shopping or cooking dinner, is an easy way not only to practise maths, but also to show why it’s important to know how to divide, multiply, subtract and so on.
In a world that increasingly relies on plastic rather than cash, opportunities to use actual money are less common than they used to be. But when the opportunity arises, use it to engage children. Give them a handful of change and ask them to work out whether they have enough money to buy this book or that bar of chocolate. Have them hand over the money and count the change when it comes back. Ask them to add the cost of two items together, and see what would be left if they used the money in their hand.
Even if you aren’t heading out to the shops, you can play “shopping” at home. Try lining up your children’s toys, price them, buy and sell them. For your child, it’s a game rather than a maths lesson, but once they get to their next maths lesson, it should come to them with ease because they will recall your game together. A head-start is often all it takes for them to feel confident and happy at school.
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Published on: 21st May 2018