We may not like it but in today’s works where competition is at every stage of life, math has become an integral part of studies and securing higher percentages which then enables admissions in better schools and colleges.
But before getting there lets looks at the core of this article… Math anxiety. Surely some of you must be thinking, what on the earth is that and how do I find that out Cours particuliers Maths.
Well in simple words Math Anxiety is the nervousness that one gets while attempting or coming across a math problem. It may even be a simple calculation. Remember those butterflies you get when you are suppose to make a speech in front of an audience is perhaps Stage Anxiety and it is the same feeling that you get while attempting a Math problem is Math Anxiety.
On oneself it’s easy to know, I get a feeling in my tummy and I know that I am getting it. But how to know whether your little child is getting that? Well there are some plain and simple observations that can be noted which may reflect a developing anxiety.
Not being attentive is the foremost I think. Every child has certain likes and dislikes. Some might like to play outdoors some might like reading and some watching their favourite cartoon show. But children also have. Children who are not interested in something will not concentrate on it and unlike the adults they don’t even pretend to concentrate, or fake it as we grown-ups might call it. With a very little attention span, you will see that your child is busy with something else if something is not interesting to him or her. Observe this trait for Math and that should give you a decent idea about the child’s interest. But, anxiety is something much extreme than that. Crying, running away, throwing tantrums, complaining hurting tummy (oh I love this one), just going absolutely quite, even sweating like us are good enough symptoms for Math anxiety.
As we spoke earlier, Math is getting essential in today’s competitive world and that notion that Math is only for geeks and nerds doesn’t hold good any more. If you want your child to excel in life, I guess Math is important and it therefore becomes essential for every parent to make sure that the child has interest in it.
How do you make your child interested in Math? Well think about what kids love the most? I think you would say.. playing. And playing here doesn’t mean running outside in the park or in the back garden, playing means playing indoors with parents, siblings and even all by themselves. Actually playing helps in developing a child’s personality and mental aptitude. But let’s not go into that.
To develop your child’s interest in Math, play with him / her. How often do you chat with them when they are at the dinner table about mathematical situation. Have you ever ask them.. Sweet heart, if I give you three oranges and three apples, how may fruits do you have in all? Now what if I take one apple two oranges and give you one banana, how many fruits are there? And similar type of questions. Remember this is the first Math class you child is attending without even knowing that and you are basically teaching your child how to count. Gradually as time progresses the difficulty level also keeps increasing and I can guarantee that you will see a remarkable change in your child’s ability to do simple Math.
What is important for you as a parent is to involve your children into Math and best and easiest way to do this is play with them. Chat with them with Mathematical situations. These days there are hundreds of education toys available in the market. Perhaps buy that for them. Play with those toys and see the difference. There must be loads of educational toys right from Simple Dinner Table Mats, Math Card Games, Cubes out there for you and all you need to do is get one of those and involve your child. Keep increasing the levels so that the child doesn’t get bored. Remember children’s attention span is very short and you have to keep refreshing the game to keep them involved.
Ability to do Math is something that every child is born with. Then as they grow their brain starts taking other things and sometimes Math goes to the back burner and this is what you have to prevent.
Boys or girls, Math is important for both. It’s just a myth that Boys are better than girls at Math. I think this is something that people have always believed in and therefore never guided their daughters towards math. You as a parent has a responsibility that if your child has to succeed in the world tomorrow, you start working on it now.