How to introduce maths into everyday life
Whenever possible, talk about maths at home and try to put in a real context: "What time is it now?" "Could you weigh the cake ingredients, please?"
Let your child know that everyone can learn maths and that maths is important in whatever job you do as an adult. You can explain how maths is important for the different members of the family, and how it is used in everyday jobs around the house.
Play games and do puzzles that involve maths (eg dominoes, playing cards, dice). Praise your child for their efforts and persistence, especially if a problem has been difficult.
Whenever possible, have maths tools available to help (eg scales, measuring cups, analogue and digital clocks, rulers and maps).
Talking to your child about maths and helping them to reason is important. In this way, most children will realise that you think maths is important and they will respond positively.
At all stages of development from four to 11 years old, you can help by being enthusiastic and encouraging different activities, whether that is four year olds setting a table with the correct number of places or older children making graphs and charts. For example, they could make a weather chart, or a fruit chart that records the bananas and apples eaten each day for a month.
Follow your child's interests - and exploit any maths opportunities. For example, use time and measuring when making a model, or when answering 'How long until I can go out on my bike?'
Whatever you are doing, try not to show frustration or get cross if your child gets stuck. Leave whatever it is you're doing and think of something different and return later. A problem always looks different when approached the next day. Your child may have had a busy day and be tired or fed up (and so may you).
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