the only time an elementary aged child was encouraged to read was during the 45 minutes of reading class time in school. Would he be a strong reader and lover of books by the time he reached high school?
the only time a child was invited to do math was during the math period in school. Would she really love and understand math by the time she was in high school. Would she ever dream of a math based career such as engineering, architecture or financial analysis?
Parents absolutely have the ability to affect their child’s math accomplishment simply by engaging in math activities and discussions at home. It’s up to you to surround your child in a positive math environment so that they may reach their full math potential.
How do you feel about math?
As a parent, your feelings about math will surely have an impact on how your children perceive and value mathematics, as well as how they view themselves as mathematicians. Take a moment to ask yourself these questions:
- Did you like math in school?
- Do you think everyone can learn math?
- Do you believe girls are just as good at math as boys?
- Do you think of math as important and useful in everyday life?
- Do you believe that most jobs today require math skills?
- How are your attitudes about math impacting your child’s attitudes?
There are two very important math goals for all students: 1) they learn to value mathematics and 2) they become confident in their ability to do mathematics. Learning a math skill alone is not enough. Parents can help children develop a “can do” disposition toward math by nurturing their natural curiosity and providing support and encouragement.