Math performance is very important at every age. Falling behind early often leads to trouble down the road. Once a child is behind in any subject, but especially math, it becomes increasingly difficult to catch up. Every parent wants their child to do well in all subjects, with math being no exception. Some skills are right brained skills, English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Art, etc. Math, however, is a left brained skill. Not all children are going to be naturally good at it, even if they are naturally good at these other subjects. However, even without that natural ability, there are many things parents can do to help their child in his or her math performance.
One of the best things to do has to be done early. Parents should try to relate math to things the child already likes. The problem most kids face, is that they simply do not like math, and find no use for it. Depending on the age of the child, simple things like playing monopoly can help build adding and subtracting skills. The more math involved in play, the more practice the child will receive, and the more likely he or she will learn to at least like math, if not love it. Games are not the only way to introduce math at an early age. Math can be involved in solving every day problems, reading, or by simply teaching children simple math facts. The key to all of these, is to introduce children to math in a positive light at an early age. The earlier the better. Even two year olds can learn a little math.
If the boat was missed for early introduction to math, students can still be taught to like, or at the very least, understand and accept math. Relatability can go a very long way in getting a student to understand math concepts. While there is usually only one answer (or group of answers) for any math question, there are generally infinite ways to arrive at the answer. In addition, there are countless analogies that can be used to relate the information to the child. Money is usually a great concept for negatives and integers. Pizzas work great for fractions. If these don’t work, try others until one can be found that does work.
Lastly, if cost is not an issue, hiring a tutor is never a bad idea. Help with homework, extra math drills, and reteaching are all jobs of the math tutor. Each one of these will help a student, even if he or she is not struggling. Many cities and towns have tutoring companies which provide expert programs for students of any age and ability.