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How to Effectively Teach Your Child Math Skills

You can’t rely on the public school system to teach your child everything that they need to know to be a successful student in elementary school or even in post-secondary school. As a parent, you need to take action to be sure that your child is confident in each subject. Out of all of the common school subjects, math has posed the most challenges for school-aged children. If your child is struggling with math, it’s important to work with them closely at home so that they can have a more enriching class-time experience rather than being frustrated. Here are some tips for parents who want to teach their children math skills at home:

1. Encourage Your Child

First and foremost, be sure that the experience encourages your child to get involved. If you are uninspired and unprepared, your child could become defiant and lack the ambition to really learn.

2. Interactive Activities

When you are starting with basic concepts in the home, be sure to incorporate interactive activities into your personal lessons rather than just sitting down and having your student complete a sheet of problems. Use flashcards, charts, and even technology so that your child stays interested in the concepts being stressed.

3. Focus on Teaching Concepts

Memorization is helpful, but the key to mastering a skill is understanding the concepts. Teaching children how math functions really work will give them a strong foundation to solving more complex problems in the future. As they start to master a concept, they can apply the knowledge they have gained in new ways and truly grasp the topic. If you yourself need help in learning how to teach mathematical concepts to a school-aged children, there are programs like USU Common Core Math that can help you gain an understanding and provide you with techniques for teaching. 

4. Play Games to Enhance the Experience

Once you use the tools and you instill the concepts, you can play games around the home to enhance the learning experience. Think about the concept you are teaching and how things around the home can be used to demonstrate addition, subtraction, division, or even multiplication. This will bring in the real-world element while making math fun.

Be sure to always keep a consistent pace with your child and do not move on to a new concept until your little one grasps the one you have been covering. If you stay dedicated to teaching your child math and you are patient and encouraging, you can help your child develop skills so that they are confident in the classroom.

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