|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
Do you have a child that utters thoughts like: “Wow, math is fun Mom”? If so, you are really a very privileged parent but your child is even more fortunate.
Math is fun, in South Africa, is not a cry you will come across a lot of times. Our schooling system simply doesn't provide for that – in reality we as a country fare among the poorest on the subject of science and math marks and knowledge among scholars.
Universities lose hope, proclaiming that as much as 60% of 1st year students aren't proficient enough in numeracy and literary abilities to go to university. This information is not about bashing the South African education system, rather it has to do with what you as a parent is able to do to make sure your kids doesn't become part of the above mentioned statistics and can genuinely say math is fun.
Math is just one of those subjects that many people are more disposed toward when it comes to natural ability than others, but because it's also a subject that is built on stepping stones, it is also a subject that most students could pass with the required awareness and tuition. If you're trained and are familiar with the building blocks and further stepping stones of math you can pass it. This is where parents can play a major role in their children's math education. People are people are people and we all are created differently in so many aspects that it could be hard to find two people to be exactly the same, but astonishingly enough we all share one characteristic: we all like to have fun! So, why don't we all say: “math is fun?” The answer to this is basic. How can anything that is perceived as being problematic, also be fun? This perception of math being difficult is borne out of ignorance – an ignorance perpetuated by mothers and fathers and poor training methods alike.
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
So, let's start putting this right at the level of you the parent. We all know that kids learn best by actively playing and we also are aware that we all love to have fun even when we are old and toothless! Because of this we can get started by teaching our youngsters skills – including numeracy skills – through enjoyable games and we can continue to do that until the child is in grade 10 and beyond even in the case of math. To solve mathematical skills require numeracy skills and logical abilities. The intriguing fact is that by acquiring numeracy skills it also aids the acquisition of logical abilities through the teaching of the build block steps of math and in the process you will be building a situation of math is fun and not challenging. These activities are freely available through educational toy providers by age group, so you know at what level your child is learning the fundamentals and discovering math is fun.
By the point your kid is school ready, he / she will already understand the basic foundation skills of math and perceive it to be enjoyable. That doesn't mean that the child is ready to be thrown to the wolves. Continue teaching your son or daughter math is fun until at least grade 10 and our educational institutions will laud you and your child will thank you.
The next thing is to convince the Minister of Education to do something about her teachers' ability to make math fun.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|