Children learn maths at different rates and with different challenges. If your child is finding it hard to connect with or enjoy maths, this can be worrying for parents who are concerned about their child falling behind. However, thankfully, there are ways to help them improve their math skills. Through a combination of understanding the reasoning behind maths, having more fun while learning it, and practicing new strategies, children can reach their potential in this subject. As I always like to say there are lots of different ways to skin a (maths) cat, and here are some ways to improve your child’s maths skills without breaking a sweat.
7 strategies to improve your child’s maths skills
Have a math ritual
There are some elements to daily maths that no one knows you’re doing if you don’t – nudge nudge wink wink! These rituals can make all the difference in your child’s math experience. So if your family does a morning maths ritual, a nightly maths ritual, or even a daily maths ritual in the form of a maths game on Alexa or online, it could have a big impact on your child’s math success.
Math skills aren’t developed overnight. It can take weeks, months, or even years to find the right balance between challenging your child enough and keeping them interested. A ritual can help you make that connection, and you can even get your whole family involved. A ritual doesn’t have to be elaborate. It can be as simple as sitting down and talking about math concepts. It can be as basic as doing math activities together like colouring by additions or baking. A ritual can be anything that helps set the tone for your math experience. As you start to incorporate more maths into your life, a ritual can help you find your rhythm.
Teach the reasoning behind maths
Some children are quick to pick up maths facts and figures, while others find it to be quite a challenge. Whether it’s because your child finds it difficult to understand the reasoning behind math concepts, or they’re just not interested in it, there’s a way to help. You can start by explaining the reasoning behind maths concepts. This can be especially beneficial if your child is struggling with math concepts that are difficult to understand, such as fractions.
Simply explaining why certain maths concepts are there can help your child better understand them and provide a gateway to improving your child’s math skills. You can also use this as a tool to talk about other subjects, such as explaining why a certain type of measurement is important, like distance.
We are incredibly lucky that we live in a world where we have so many maths resources at our fingertips. If you are a parent who wants to improve your child’s math skills, thankfully this doesn’t have to fall completely on your shoulders. Read on and we’ll introduce you to this brilliant maths hack….
We recently discovered a fantastic app called Mathpid which really does what it says on the win – “Master Math with no pain”.
What is Mathpid
Mathpid https://www.mathpid.com is an educational maths app that effectively improves kids’ math arithmetic skills, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, and fractions. Powered by Silicon Valley AI technology and the ultimate maths helper, it provides real-time diagnosis of a learner’s status and therefore optimal learning courses to improve your child’s math skills. It analyses their learning habits and weak points providing step-by-step tuition with topic concept videos, unlimited worksheets, and educational maths games.
It is perfect for improving your child’s maths skills and confidence, and is relevant for any child from preschool to grade 9/year 10 who wants to improve their math skills. It’s all based on their own progress offering everything from basic to advanced learning.
It also has a very neat “math camera” which enables you to get personalised tutoring for specific problems by taking a picture of the question that your children might need help with. The camera recognises handwriting, presents similar problems and instantly solves the problems.
There is also a workbook feature launching on the Mathpid website this month. After an AI diagnostic test on the Mathpid website, it recommends the best workbook for your child’s level and then you can purchase the right workbook for them. Perfect for practising maths during the upcoming school holidays!
Essentially Mathpid is a private tutor in your pocket and a no-stress and fun way of getting maths help for your child. The bottom line is that you won’t have to spend an age searching for “a maths tutor near me” or “math online tutor” on Google.
If you want to check out Mathpid it’s free to download at the Play store or the App store here: https://mathpid.onelink.me/WXKD/zstsuo4c
Play games that practice math skills
Whether it’s learning math facts, practicing arithmetic, or practicing geometry, maths games can be a great way to improve your child’s maths skills. You can also see how your child responds to a particular maths skill or concept by testing their knowledge. Each skill can be broken down into smaller chunks, so if you notice your child struggling with one section of a skill, you can break it down even further. If you’re looking for a game to practice math skills, try choosing a game that has a theme in common with your child’s math skills. For example, if your child is struggling with geometry, try playing a game with a geometry-related theme, such as a game about building a house.
Use everyday resources
Maths skills are developed through practice, but they’re also important to keep in mind when selecting areas to practice. Get creative! You can use pretty much any everyday resources, such as items around the house or treasured objects found on a scavenger hunt, to help your child remember math skills. Every day resources can be used in any type of practice, from addition and subtraction to teaching equations. You can also use everyday resources to help your child remember math facts. For example, you can write out numbers and other maths facts relating to their stuffed toy collection, and have your child memorize them.
Be willing to try new strategies and techniques
It’s easy to get stuck in a pattern of trying new strategies and techniques, or even using the same ones for years. It’s important to have an open mind when it comes to trying new strategies and techniques, as they can help your child reach their full potential in mathematics. If a strategy isn’t working, simply move on to another one.
It’s better to try one new strategy, and have it not work, than to try seven and never find out if it could have helped your child. If you try one new strategy or technique, but your child doesn’t respond to it, you can simply move on to another strategy. When you hit one that they warm to, then use this method to build their confidence, and yours in helping your child.
Don’t be afraid to discuss difficult subjects
It’s important to keep in mind that learning maths skills isn’t easy. It’s not just something that happens overnight, either. It takes a lot of work, patience, and practice. But discussing math doesn’t have to be a negative experience; you can discuss why it’s important and what type of impact it can have. You can also discuss how maths impacts our daily lives, such as how it’s used in science. In addition, why not discuss what types of careers are related to maths?
Maths skills can be challenging for both children and adults. It’s important to understand the reasoning behind math concepts and practice new strategies and techniques. Helping to improve your child’s math skills doesn’t have to be difficult, or even boring. It can be a positive experience for both you and your child with these tips above.
Mathpids sounds like a great tool. Math can be very difficult for some kids. I know it was for me!
I love these tips, especially the one about the reason behind the concepts. That was always an immense help to me.
This sounds like a great app. Math can be really difficult, so having help is really necessary, especially if the caretakers don’t know how to do the problems.
Such a great app! My son LOVES math!
My honor student has a D in math. He missed a week when we were out with Covid and it’s been hard for him to recover in that class.
These are such great tips. As a child I struggled with math until I found music and learning music theory helped me a lot.
I would love to try Mathpid. It looks promising and fun. Using it and building a ritual with it will definitely improve my kid’s math skills.
I think instead of just mocking them for not being good at math, we should finally normalize getting some normal help for them instead.
This is an amazing idea you got there. My nephew has been struggling a little with math, but I will definitely try this out.
My daughter is struggling with Maths at school, I try to use teach her every day at home using all by sending her favours with numbers. She’s a bit confused but i’m sure she’ll get there. I try to use a few of these tips. Thank you.
It is good to keep on top of math skills with kids. Always a nice idea to be reinforcing those ideas!
Oh wow, Mathpid sounds like a fantastic resource! I agree, all kids learn maths in their own time.
I like the sound of the camera feature so they can get help with homework maths problems in their own handwriting – what a great tool 🙂