14 August 2008 09:08 AM

Teaching Math To Your Children Continued...

by Dr. Rick
5. Have your own quizzes. In a fun way, quiz your child about math facts. Give small rewards, like an extra few minutes before bedtime or some alone time with you. Have her quiz you.

6. Use a calculator after your child has mastered basic math facts. We know kids’ attitudes about and interest in math increase when they can use calculators. But they need to know basic math facts first.

7. Use math to explain and illustrate. Make charts and graphs with your child to represent family information like allowances, homework times, favorite vacation spots, favorite meals and desserts, favorite music, favorite sports.

8. Be enthusiastic about math yourself. If you’re phobic about math, stop blaming your fourth grade teacher. At least, in front of your fourth grader. Get over it. Be a good role model for math by showing him how you use math daily. You use it more than you realize.

Parents, teachers, we’d love to hear your techniques to encourage math skills with your children. Please share some with us.




8/14/2008 5:21:05 PM

I completely agree with #8! The more students hear comments like this, the more they will believe it and act it themselves. There is no rule that says we have to be math-phobic!!!!


11/4/2009 4:03:29 AM

I admire what you have done here. I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that this is working for you as well.

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11/6/2009 9:42:28 AM

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