This holiday season, we’re all about making math practical at home! As you and your kids enjoy quality time (and a much-needed break from school), remember that the holidays come with many opportunities for you to show your child how useful (and fun!) math can be in the real world. From cooking to gift shopping and all points in between, check out this article for our comprehensive guide to keeping your child’s math skills fresh outside the classroom.
In other news, we hope you’ll keep your child’s math progress top of mind as you begin a new year and a new semester! The new year is the perfect time for a fresh start and a new perspective. As the holiday buzz dies down, have a heart-to-heart with your child about progress in math before the second half of the school year really picks up. Here are some talking points to guide you:
• Look toward the future and set goals. And we’re not just talking about the spring semester. Think big. What does your child want to be when he or she grows up? Having strong math skills could make all the difference as your child pursues a dream career. Help your child understand that regardless of his or her life goals, number sense and problem solving savvy are key to a well-rounded intellectual foundation. Aspiring doctors, accountants, and engineers will find themselves working with numbers day-to-day. Meanwhile, fledgling writers and artists will encounter many situations where a strong understanding of math concepts could provide extra inspiration and help them level up as they explore and utilize their creativity in professional settings.
• Get down to details and be realistic. Make it clear that improvement can’t and won’t happen overnight. You need an action plan, hard work, and consistent effort to progress in math. Encourage your child to commit to making math a priority in the coming year. Explore practical options that will lead to progress, including adhering to a study schedule, staying focused and attentive in class, and seeking supplemental help if needed.
• Be positive! Success starts with the right attitude. Let your child know that you have full faith in their capabilities, and reassure them that you’ll be there every step of the way with love and support when things get tough.
We’re really looking forward to helping your child meet their math potential in the new year! Let’s make 2015 count!