“Math homework” is a phrase that terrifies many parents because it means relearning. Need help? Here are some infallible tips.
If there is one thing I like, it is having the privilege of molding young minds and filling them with knowledge. According to studies by specialists, up to six years of age our children are like “sponges”, since they absorb everything that happens around them: both good and bad. It is at this age, precisely, when they need us most to support and motivate them to develop fully. Fortunately, I have been able to share and develop different learning techniques considering the tastes and abilities of those who receive them. In my early years, I prepared several adolescents to take their PSU (University Selection Test, in Chile), which corresponds to a “filter” with which universities can choose their students.
On the other hand, on Friday afternoons, I go to my son’s school to support the math class. On more than one occasion I have realized the facilities and difficulties that arise in order to provide the necessary help to children. Each one has its own method by which it is capable of assimilating the content taught, so when sending “tasks” to be developed with their parents, they cannot be required to do it in just one way. After each class I stay a few minutes, in case a mother or father wants to ask questions about the subject that has been studied, but I end up being the one who approaches them to explain them. On one occasion they told me: “My son does not like conventional education”; in another I heard: “They shouldn’t have tests and assignments the same week.” And in both cases it was clear to me that the choice of the school had been wrong.
The truth is that parents sometimes do not worry about looking for the “learning formulas” that our children require, and we only try to comply with the requirements of the school so that they do not fail: follow the instructions to the letter, no matter they have analyzed what they do; repeat exercises over and over again until they are correct; read first the summary, the questions and then the book. However, this does not always help our children to learn and solve their homework satisfactorily.
If your child has difficulties learning mathematics, or does not like to do his homework, here are three tips that will help you deal with these problems, without generating a nuclear war at home:
In general, children do not like to do homework, but they do like to play. If we approach homework as games or carry prizes, it will be easier for them to do them efficiently. In my case, I work with candies that I distribute to those who complete an exercise, maintain order, or remain silent to listen to others.
Place of study
The physical space must be adequate for the study time (maximum one hour, running) or the performance of school activities. For example, the room where the toys are located will be a distraction, but the dining room or study can work as they are designed for adults.
Different teaching methods
Since we are not all the same, it is impossible for our brains to work in the same way. So the best way to help our children is to figure out how they best process an instruction. A very basic example is subtraction, where you can say “x minus y”, “how long is y to get to x” or if it costs a little more, use a drawing where you can cross out the units that have been subtracted.
All parents want our children to be better than we have ever been. For this, we must give them the appropriate values and knowledge to build their future. Constancy, dedication, effort and improvement are just some of the qualities that our children can obtain through us.