Improve Math Skills

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Options exist both at home and in school for children to improve math skills or simply get them up to their expected level. Many parents feel that it's strictly the school's obligation to handle their child's education, which means providing remedial classes and tutorials if the need arises. These parents are right and wrong; it's certainly the school's task to give children the base they need to continue into higher education and the world at large, but it's not their job exclusively.

As the saying goes, learning begins at home. If parents express disinterest in their children's schooling, the students themselves cannot be expected to treat their educations seriously. Parents must therefore overcome their own insecurities about their math skills, one of the primary reasons kids in need don't get the help they require. A lot of parents are too hung up on their own poor comprehension and are afraid that their kids will see them as failures when they cannot explain a given concept or work through an example. After all, if Mommy and Daddy have gotten by without understanding factoring and multiples, how could these lessons be so important?

Improve Math Skills Together

On the flip side, some parents view their children's education as a fine opportunity to improve math skills of their own. Not only do both parent and child make huge strides in their computational and conceptual abilities, but they often develop a closer relationship to one another as a result. Kids are less likely to view their parents as "stupid" than they are as caring and, most of all, honest. That way, the next time that parent insists that he or she learn something, they're more inclined to feel that there's a good reason for it.

Finally, adults who set out to help their kids improve math skills often find everything comes "rushing back." For the first time in 20 years that parent is multiplying and dividing fractions, doing algebra, and drawing "factor trees." This stimulation is often enough to inspire these same parents to pick up the classics and begin reading to their children as they did with kids' books years ago when their babies were first born.

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