||Sound math skills
are essential to the academic and personal success of every child. Following are some tips
advised by myaliflaila.com's educational experts that parents can use to tune up, rev up
and accelerate their children's math skills.
1. Discuss with your child the types of jobs that use math skills
How often do we hear, "Why do I have to learn algebra?" It is important to
make your child realize how important math is in our everyday lives and especially in our
careers. Who do you know who deals with spreadsheets or budgets filled with numbers and
formulas? Who reads diagnostic reports that include numbers and graphs? Who calculated the
slant of the roof on your house?
2. Talk maths
Wherever you go, whatever you are doing, talk math. For example, at the grocery store, ask
your child, "How many __ do you see? How much more does this one cost? How much
change should I get back? What's the sale price if it is 30% off the regular price."
3. Bake a cake
Baking incorporates several different math concepts measurement, volume, and time
just to name a few. You measure the ingredients using the proper measurement tool,
determine the size of the baking dish, decide which bowl will hold all of the ingredients,
and set the timer for the baking time.
4. Talk money
Does your child receive an allowance? If so, have your child calculate how much interest
could be earned if the money were placed in a savings account. Or how much more will be
he/she get next year if given a 5% increase? Discuss how much needs to be saved toward a
college education or a new car.
5. Make flashcards
We have all seen flashcards for math facts (2+16=18). You can buy these cards ready-made
or make your own. But don't stop there help your child make cards for math
vocabulary (triangle a figure with 3 sides) or concepts and theorems.
6. Money doesn't grow on trees
It's good to teach kids the reality of money. Discuss all the various living expenses you
incur -- rent or mortgage payments, utilities, car payments, groceries, gas, clothes,
school supplies, insurance, etc. Have your child make a chart and discuss ways to save
money in each area.
7. Learn how to use a calculator
Don't let your teen wait until the day before an exam to start practicing with a new
calculator. This is particularly important for big tests such as college entrance exams.