Math has been one of the most haunting subjects for most students. Thus, it becomes important to analyze the origin of this problem and curb it so that it does not cause any hindrance in the future. According to most parents, it starts as early as in class 1, where students first encounter the problems related to the application of numbers like addition, subtraction, and graph. The following points will act as the remedy to this problem and will build a strong foundation for mathematics:
1. At the tender age of 7, students are hardly passionate about studying. Primarily, they want to involve themselves by playing with balls or running around. Thus, it becomes important for the parents to blend learning and playing. The advantage of this process is that the children will enjoy the process of learning and hence will easily be able to grab it. The different ways to implement this idea are by counting the numbers while stepping down the staircase or counting the number of cars passing by the road and subsequently increasing the level to addition and subtraction.
2. One of the most effective techniques to impart knowledge to young minds is through rewards. Parents should be supportive of any productive step that the students take. They should reward them with toys, chocolates or take them on a trip for every good deed like scoring good grades in examinations, studying on their own, etc. This will encourage the students to further take up those activities and ultimately develop them into a habit. Moreover, this will help the student to distinguish the wrong deeds from the right ones. Subsequently, this will make the student passionate about studying and hence will lead to good grades in further examinations.
3. What if the student is not paying interest in the subject? Most parents go for harsh measures like beating and scolding but it might create a negative effect as it might demoralize them. Ultimately the student will lose interest in academics. In such a scenario, the best solution is the collaborative work of the parents. Either one of the parents has to be slightly strict so that the student is compelled to study out of fear while the other has to be supportive. In this way, the child will not be disheartened and will take up the coursework seriously.
4. Another important factor is the environment where the student is studying. A calm and silent environment will increase the concentration power of the student. The use of TV or mobile phones will distract the children and hence the children will lose interest in the studies. This will further cause the student to become less attentive and not focus on the subject. They will commit silly mistakes and hence will develop this habit, which might create a problem in the upcoming classes as well as in the current grade. So multitasking should be strictly avoided at an early age.
5. An important task of the parents is to keep track of the syllabus in the school. They should constantly keep their child updated with the chapter that is being currently taught in the school. This enables the student to maintain the flow with the class and grab things easier. Parents should guide the student while completing their homework. They should not solve all the questions as it will hinder the growth of the student. At times the child might struggle but provide them with a hint or demonstrate an example related to the question. Thus, the student should be allowed to complete the homework on their own.
6. With the advancement of technology, education has shifted to the online platform. This has positive as well as negative effects. Parents should monitor the activity of the children and should not allow prolonged use of such devices. Online gaming is harmful at such an age. Rather parents should encourage physical games. Parents should also use them in a positive manner by showing online animated videos which will give them better clarity on solving the math problems. Tricks and tips to solve problems should be taught to the kids.
7. Another interesting way of learning math is to play games like monopoly, snakes and ladder, etc which requires counting skills. This will enable the student to master concepts like addition and subtraction. Apart from this jigsaw puzzles will enhance pattern recognition abilities as well as problem-solving abilities. The frequent use of such games will develop habits of counting mentally which will be of immense help. Apart from this, drawing books that contain various polygons will help in learning better about different shapes and their symmetries.
8. Revision of the concepts learned in the class as well in the home is of immense help. A thorough revision under the guidance of the parents will easily help in remembering all the required points which will make it easier to score excellent marks in the examination. So, emphasis should be laid on revision otherwise the learnings may fade and ultimately the children will not be able to recall the important points in the examination.
9. Parents and students should interchange their roles. Parents should constantly ask the student to explain the math problems. If the student can develop this explaining ability, then it will help them in understanding and remembering things quickly and for a longer time. During the explanation, the parents should make the student comfortable and should not scold or create a feeling of terror in the mind of the children.
10. Parents can also develop mathematical skills by allowing the children to apply real-life problems related to finance. For instance, the child should be made to do the additions and subtraction while shopping or while making the monthly or yearly budget. Simultaneously gift them candies or chocolates to encourage them.
These methodologies will tremendously help the students to score good grades as well as develop crucial analytical and problem-solving skills. These practices will build a solid foundation for the children’s future and the children will embrace mathematics rather than developing a phobia.
Thus, Good parenting and a good environment will mould the children enabling the children to achieve glittering success.