One of the things that I was dreading when I had kids was the day that they would come to me and need help with homework. I hated math at school and I mean hated it! By a country mile it was my least favorite subject and I really struggled with it. So I did a little homework myself to make sure that I could at least offer a helping hand to my kids. Thankfully they “get” math a heck of a lot better than I did. But I still want to share a few of the things I have used to help them with you guys.
They Need To Know The “Concepts”
There is no point in asking your child what is 5 + 2 if they do not have a proper comprehension of what “add” means. The key in the early days when getting your kid to understand math is making sure that they know what addition and subtraction is. Adding to and taking away are the terms that helped my son grasp it. We would use these little Batman toys and make addition and subtraction games with those and that was what eventually made him grasp it. For example my son would be Batman and he had these “bad guy” toys. I would get five bad guys and say if you put three in jail how many are left? And things like that.
Help Them With The Basics
By this I mean make it so they can answer simple math questions in just a few questions. Such simple questions like what is 2 + 3 and 4 – 2 and so on. Nothing really to brain taxing. The idea of this is to just get them ready and understand the basics of addition and subtraction and if you feel like they have that down add in a little multiplication and division questions as well. You want the questions to be easy enough so that they can get them quickly.
Help Them Write Numbers Neatly
Many schools say that around a quarter of the time when a child gets a math question wrong it’s because of sloppy hand writing. Take the time to make sure that they can write all the numbers properly and that they do not confuse numbers like a 6 and 9 which is what some children do. If their writing is nice and neat then they will have an easier time figuring out the questions.
Help Them Do Math Homework The Right Way
My youngest son was a real Johnny Cut Corners when it came to his homework. He would do all he could to get out of it or do it as quickly as possible. I had to show him the right way to do math homework as he was always getting it wrong, even though I knew he should be getting them right. The reason he was getting them wrong was that he was not reading the questions properly or writing down the “working out” of his answer. Once I got him to do that (which was no picnic let me tell you!) he would be able to do it much better.
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