"Math," (Yikes!)... For some of us, this
simple word sends a shiver up our spine as those long ago tormented years in
math classes come back in a wave of consciousness so strong we can still smell
the musty text books and # 2 pencils. As parents, we desire to help our children
learn and understand how they will one-day come to use math in their everyday
lives. How then, do we get past our nightmarish math memories to the point
where, while educating our children, we too can overcome the hesitations and
learn to enjoy math?
Homeschool.com consulted with IPlayMathGames.com to ask
them their advice on how parents can overcome their own math phobias in order to
help their children discover the joy of mathematics. Their suggestions were
simple and constructive. Here are some great tips to help motivate both you and
your student to study math.
Parents must be careful not to
perpetuate the mathematical myth - that math is only for specially
talented "math types." Strive not to make comments like; "they don't
like math" or "I have never been good at math." When children overhear
comments like these from their primary role models they begin to dread
math before even considering a chance of experiencing its wonders. It is
important to encourage your children to read and explore the rich world
of mathematics, and to practice mathematics without imparting negative
- Don't let your fear of math come across to your kids.
Emphasize the usefulness of math!
The student might get more motivated if she/he knows how often math is
used. Math improves problem solving, increases competency and should be
applied in different ways. It's the same as reading. You can learn the
basics of reading without ever enjoying a novel. But, where's the
excitement in that? With math, you could stop with the basics. But why
when there is so much more to be gained by a fuller understanding? Life
is so much more enriching when we go beyond the basics. Stretch your
children's minds to become involved in mathematics in ways that will not
only be practical but also enhance their lives. Often our children
question why they need to learn a specific subject, so emphasizing and
pointing out the everyday applications of math may help them.
Wrong Answers are valuable!
One of the reasons students have math anxiety is because it's so easy to
get the answer wrong. Instead of putting down a wrong answer, ask your
children to explain how they came up with that answer. If there are
other children studying the same problem, ask if they got the same
result. If you have two different answers, go through each step and
figure them out together. Remember, wrong answers are valuable. You get
insight into the student's thinking and where he/she went wrong and you
can then work on the concepts that need to be re-taught.
Take the emphasis off of tests.
Tests are a part of school but they don't need to be the ultimate goal.
The goal is to learn math so the child can use it in his/her
life. Instead, use worksheets with your children to see what concepts
that have grasped and what they need more work on. This way, you can
still evaluate how well they're doing, but your children won't have
their normal anxiety.
Use the internet to help your child explore the fascinating world
With sites such as
it's easy to make math fun and exciting again. With iplaymathgames.com,
you buy only the games that you want, download them immediately and
incorporate them into your classroom or family fun. Their math
worksheets, workbooks and workshops can be used in the classroom, home
or tutoring sessions to improve standardized test scores, reinforce
skills and provide differentiated instruction. They can also be used to
enhance ESL and special education programs
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As a 7th grade teacher for 29 years, I like to switch up
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way to add flavor to my lesson plans. Rebecca
Paulson, 7th grade
It's so easy and inexpensive to download a game I do it
once a week! It doesn't matter what grade I'm teaching that day!
Katie Nelson, substitute teacher
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