Math just seems to be one of those subjects that people either love or hate. To some people, it comes naturally, for others it can take a lot of extra effort. So, what do you do when you’re not a math person and you’re trying to teach your child math? Or your kids reach high school and you simply can’t remember those complex concepts you learned over ten years ago? It will be difficult, but there are many things you can do to make teaching math a bit easier. Here are a few suggestions:
- Keep your child’s learning style in mind: People talk a lot about learning styles, and with good reason! If you try and teach your child in a way that’s simply not suited to their learning preferences, it’s going to take a lot longer and be a lot harder on the both of you. Math might not seem like a subject suited to many learning styles, but you just have to get creative! With auditory learners, talk through concepts and problems with your child and encourage them to talk through them as well. Cut out numbers are a great way to tackle math problems with kinesthetic learners in everything from addition to algebra.
- Fake it ‘til you make it: This is a common saying, but it really works well for this topic. Staying positive in the face of tackling math is key. If you seem like you dread teaching it, your child is a lot less likely to enjoy it and succeed at it. Start every math lesson with a positive outlook. You’ll be surprised how quickly going through the motions becomes real enjoyment and success.
- Slow and steady wins the race: Don’t feel like you have to plow through math material with your child. Most math requires starting with fundamental basics and building on top of those as you progress. Make sure your child is completely comfortable with each concept before moving forward. It may seem like slow-going at times, but it will be totally worth it when you don’t have to go over basics again once you get to harder concepts.
- Relax. If you just can’t tackle math as well as you’d like to, or if you think your child would benefit from some math activities outside of your teaching, don’t be afraid to seek out supplements! We’re all human, and no one expects you to be a perfect teacher in every subject – after all, as a homeschool parent, you tackle a lot more on a daily basis than most people could!
- We’re here to help! Standard Deviants Accelerate offers supplemental learning in several math subjects. With fun videos, a wide range of activities, and comprehensive analysis of progress for you to monitor, we can help fill in all of the blanks – and give your vocal chords some well-deserved rest!