“Why does my child hate maths?” is a common question for any new parent. Unfortunately, as maths are important to learning, they’re also one of the first subjects a young mind gets exposed to and it’s easy for them to start developing a bad attitude. Even worse, some parents start removing all the fun from learning and focusing completely on the ability to do their sums. So, what exactly can you do to make sure your child doesn’t grow up to hate Maths?
Firstly, as much as possible, introduce your child to as much variety in his or her lessons. This is particularly important if you have a boy. Most boys love playing with objects and animals so try and include some of that in the lessons to help them enjoy learning.
If you don’t know where to start, ask a friend or family member to teach your son or daughter the basics. Try not to make a big fuss but rather take baby steps until they are comfortable with basic addition and subtraction. Once they get the hang of it, you can then remove the animals and objects from the classroom and introduce him or her to more advanced topics such as real numbers and decimals. However, once they reach a certain age, you may have to make a switch to more complex topics such as mathematical shapes, graphs and squares.
Another thing you can do is actually talk to an online private tutor who is a specialist in maths. You’ll be surprised how much your child will grow up loving math. A lot of children simply don’t get it at an early age and therefore never really get round to enjoying it. By seeing a private tutor who actually enjoys teaching it can give your son or daughter a much better understanding and can help them see that there’s much more to it than just doing sums.
There’s one other key point to remember when dealing with your child’s feelings about math. Don’t ever try to force them into taking a particular topic. Children love independence so by trying to get them to do something that doesn’t seem right they will become very frustrated. Instead, let them pursue the topic which seems most appealing to them at the time. Also, never discuss rates with your child if they are under ten. They may not be prepared for the topic yet, and may be much too young to understand what you are saying.
If you don’t want to make your child hate math then you need to encourage and praise them when they do get it. Also make sure you stay calm when they make mistakes. If you scold them, they will hate you for it in the long run. It is much better to give them praise when they succeed and encourage them when they fall down. Your child will appreciate this and will always strive to do better in Maths next time!