STRATEGIES FOR HELPING YOUR YOUNG MATHEMATICIAN AT HOME
SUPPORT POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS MATHEMATICS
• Let your child know that all students can be successful in mathematics.
• Let your child know that you recognize the importance of mathematics.
• Encourage your child to be persistent when the work becomes difficult.
• Encourage your child to think of math problems as puzzles or games.
• Reward your child with praise when he or she is successful.
• Be patient and give praise when your child shows effort.
USE A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES WHEN YOU ASSIST YOUR CHILD
• Encourage your child to use a variety of strategies:
Look for a pattern,
Guess and check,
Draw a picture,
Make a table,
Make a graph,
Model with concrete objects,
Choose the appropriate computational operation.
• Encourage your child to restate the problem in his or her own words.
PARTICIPATE AND INTERACT WITH YOUR CHILD
• Do math problems together. Ask questions that promote thinking, and discuss
your own thinking.
• Have your child explain his or her thinking to you.
• Play games and puzzles with your child that deal with such things as estimation,
time, money, logic, classification.
• Discuss how you use mathematics in your life.
• Involve your child in daily activities that require the use of mathematics:
Estimating distances and times.
PROVIDE MATERIALS THAT PROMOTE AND SUPPORT MATHEMATICS
• Be sure your child has a well-lighted, quiet place to work.
• Make available familiar objects (toys, blocks, straws, buttons, etc.) that your child
can use to solve problems.
• Provide paper, pencils, calculator, rulers and scissors.
• Encourage your child to use manipulatives (blocks, counters, fraction circles,
etc.) to solve problems and to do difficult calculations.
• Encourage your child to estimate answers before working out the problems.
• Encourage your child to use a variety of strategies.