Help your child develop the right mindset and attitude towards math.
How To Help Your Child Develop The Right Mindset For Math
Math is a part of our lives, whether we are getting
groceries at the supermarket, doing the housework at home, cooking or planning
a picnic. Few of us actually realize that we are using math more often than we
realize. However, it’s sad to say that many children grow to dislike math for
many reasons. Working with math problems can help your child become an
independent thinker, effective problem solver and one that does not give up
easily when faced with challenges. Help your child develop the right mindset
and attitude towards math and they will learn to appreciate it.
Develop the right attitude
Parents can be a positive force in
helping their child learn math, but they can also affect their child’s
perception and attitude towards math. If you are someone who constantly say
things like “Mathematic is hard”, “I don’t like math too” or “I never did well
during math tests”, chances are your child will not grow to like math too. You
can’t make your child love math, but you can encourage her to develop the right
attitude towards math by helping her to see how mathematics can change or
improve her daily life. Direct her attention to the interesting and fun things
she can do with math and be mindful of what you say around your child.
Raise a risk-taker who is not afraid to try new experiences
or solve a tedious problem by themselves. When working on math questions, give
your child ample time to think and try. You can also encourage him to share
with you on how he derives at the answer. It is a good way to help your child reflect
back on what he did to solve the questions. You can also clarify and explain
further on the areas that he needs help with. This will strengthen his
cognitive ability and groom him up as a problem-solver.
Children and sometimes, even
adults are afraid of making mistakes. The fear of failing may hinder your
child’s enthusiasm to learn or try new experiences. Help your child develop a
love for learning math by telling them that making mistake is a way to improve
their capability. Celebrate and acknowledge when they succeed, and encourage
and guide them when they failed to do it right.
Some parents can’t help it, but
compare their child to the older sibling or to their friends. When you compare
your child’s performance or results with others, it will tend to diminish her
confidence and develop
insecurities for that subject. It doesn’t matter if your child
can’t count better than your neighbour’s child. Every child is special in their
own ways, your child will have something they are good at too. Tap on their
interests and ability to improve their mathematical awareness. Be more patient.
If you want to help your child succeed in school, you need
to strike a balance between your child’s ability and your expectations. When
guiding your child, be a supportive figure that guides them to perform up to
their capability without placing too much pressure on their little shoulders.
How can you strike a balance without pushing your child too hard?
Be a parent that is involved in their learning,
but never overly involved.
Encourage your child to improve, but don’t
overly stress them out.
Set limits for them to achieve, but provide them
with the guidance they need.
Be there to guide them and yet still allowing
them rooms to make mistakes.
Parents are the child’s first educator, and one that understands
them better than anyone else. Use a variety of fun techniques like games, engage
in math related conversations and plan a series of engaging math activities to
teach and talk about math. Help your child develop the right mindset and a love
for learning, and it will lead them towards success!
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