Even if you’re an adult, it is important to practice your math skills daily. Some skills may already be used daily in just doing our regular tasks. But what about the math we don’t use every day. Well, you know what they say, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”. We need to keep our brains active at all times and math does a good job of helping us achieve that. April is Mathematics Education Month, a good time to focus your kids on math skills.
Millions of Americans go through their daily shuffle and have so many advanced gizmos and gadgets, yet we cannot do a simple math problem. If your fifth grader brought home a math assignment, could you honestly help them without having to check to see if you were correct? Come on, be honest. Many of you know you couldn’t do it.
How to get started
The easiest way to get started is to do a simple search online for keywords and phrases like “free math games”, “free math printables grade 3” (Yes, grade 3 – this is usually where the complicated methods start. You may even want to try second grade. Just move on to higher grade levels as you learn about each concept.), “free math lessons”, “free math worksheets”, and other such terms.
Do some of the “work” that is made for kids to refresh your skills.
With our children learning and advancing faster than ever before, it’s important that we, as adults, take the initiative to do so as well. That may mean loads of hard work for some of you, but the payoff is endless.
Wouldn’t it be much easier to help your child with homework if you kept up with all the different and new methods of math being used? Not only would it be less stressful, but it should give you a sense of pride that you can accomplish the feat easily. It will also be beneficial to you in the business world if you can figure out tough problems and equations that others cannot.
There are free practice tests, fun games, and much more. You can also try to use more math every day. Just add math problems to simple things you do. Take the time to think about the process while you do it. This will help make the “lesson” remain in your mind longer. You need these math skills in order to get your kids focused.
Learn from your child’s work
Don’t be afraid to learn from your child’s work as well. You don’t have to let them know you are doing so. Just make it seem like you are trying to help them. Say something like, “Oh, that looks interesting. Let’s learn more about that on the internet”. Not only will this help you avoid your child thinking you don’t know, but it will help you learn more, thus paving the way for you to teach your child more. Your child will get more practice with the lesson, which is always good and you will learn something, which is great as well.
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