## Helping Your Kids Through the Mazes of Math!

June 2, 2021

Math can be hard. Monday through Friday we sit at the table next to our children and do math problems. It takes forever to do just one page. Sometimes it feels like it is the only subject we get to. It becomes a monster… a math monster. We wonder if we should change math books or go back to the beginning of the one we’re already in. Maybe speed drills will help or paying more attention to word problems. Math wasn’t hard for us when we were in school. How come our kids can’t get it?

Math is important too. It determines whether our son will be able to understand high school and college science subjects. Fifty percent of the SAT score is Math. And every child needs to know how to balance his or her checkbook and figure the interest costs of money he or she will borrow as adults. Yes, math is a very important part of modern life. It can be hard to determine what we really want our children to know math wise. Here are a few suggestions Cours particuliers Maths:

Teach your child to add, subtract, multiply (by fifth grade, he should know his multiplication tables very well) and divide. This is a lot to learn and it usually takes until sixth grade to be proficient at basic math computations. After all, that’s why they call it long division, because it takes so long to learn how to do it! Don’t worry now about Algebra; worry about whether your son can do long division by himself. After this, concentrate on fractions and decimals. Go over and over them until he really knows them. This will take longer than you expected.

Next, concentrate on word problems. If your child has trouble with word problems follow these steps: First, work the problems out physically. This means use real cups, quarts and gallons and actually measure and pour the water. Even if it is a word problem about two cars driving toward each other, you can use small matchbox cars for a physical demonstration. Keep working with the real physical objects until the problem is mastered. Second, move on to drawing pictures. Draw pictures of the cups, quarts and gallons. Third, use numbers to represent the real objects and work the problems. Don’t rush the steps, make sure he has mastered the word problems in this order: physical, then pictures, then numbers representations.

During your homeschool years, read at least one good Math History book with your child. Two very good examples are: