12.04.2016
Did you know that children with good numeracy skills are more likely to earn more, stay in education longer and have more chance of actually being in work when they grow up? Children are born with an innate mathematical ability and research has shown that parents have a massive effect on how this develops. It’s all about confidence… For children to be good at maths, they need to feel confident about giving it a go. Positivity is the key… Children who succeed at maths are usually the ones who enjoy it most, so remember – maths is fun, everyone!
What next?  Once you think that your child has “got it” try moving them on to the next stage. When your child’s getting confident with counting they’re ready to start trying to order numbers – i.e. What next?  For both games, once your child has parked the cars or caught the fish in the right order, jumble them up and see if they can re-order them. You may also hear this referred to as “1 to 1 correspondence”: basically, this means that an object corresponds to another object, or an object is matched to a number. 2: Dominoes Matching the dots on one domino to those on another domino is great for developing matching skills and really helps children to get the idea of what “four” looks like. 3: Something Special Tumble Tapp Snap In this game your child can pick a Tumble character and help them match an item to another item, such as ice cream to another ice-cream, to make a “Tumble Tapp snap”! Grouping simply means sorting objects into sets of things with similar characteristics, and is important for beginning to understand what things share in common.
2: Fruit bowl You could ask your child to arrange all the apples from the fruit bowl into a group, then arrange all the oranges into a separate group – then ask how many there are in each group. What next?  When they’ve got their groups sorted, ask them to think about which group has more things in it – then count to see if they were right.
If, like Alice, your child is struggling with remembering their times tables, you’re not alone! The thing is – it’s not necessarily your kids fault that they’re not comfortable with the times tables facts. In a BBC survey only 40% of the adults surveyed could give the correct answer to 8 x 9 but among the over-55’s in the survey, the number of correct answer rose to more than 60% so numeracy skills are definitely declining.
In a survey of California, Algebra 1 teachers, they reported that 30% of their students do not know their times tables.
So actually if your child can learn their times tables it’ll not only help them be more confident with math, it’ll put them ahead of the general population!
In this age of competitive parenting where we race to toilet train our kids soon after birth, this is a valid question. Well, there are some five year olds that know their times tables, maybe even you were this young when you learned yours, but six or seven years old is a good time to start learning the times tables, even if it’s starting with skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. However, even teens who are still shaky on their times tables still have time to straighten out those multiplication facts. Fluent addition and subtraction skills will make the whole learning-the-times-tables process much easier, since not only are times tables just repeated addition, but some times tables shortcuts depend on addition and subtraction. If you ignore this piece of advice then the whole learning in the times tables process is not necessarily doomed to failure, but it’s just going to be a more difficult. Well, the first thing, the really important thing, is to plan in advance what time of day your child will be working on their times tables.
A great time to get on with this type of practice is first thing in the morning after breakfast, before school. After school as a warm up to school homework also works well, but whichever time you pick, pick that time and let that be the “times tables time”. Now maybe you’ve got an older learner, so you might be tempted to start with the six times tables because they are fine on the 2’s 3’s, 4’s and 5 times tables, but my advice is just start with the two times tables. Let them whizz through the easy tables, and then they can spend more time concentrating on the higher tables with their renewed confidence.
If you really want to rush the process, you can start AT THE LAST TIMES TABLES THAT THEY KNOW WELL. Now it would be great if your kid can do a 100 times tables questions each day – that is  definitely worth aiming for. With the multiplication facts, we are aiming for them to actually answer each question in about three seconds, so if you’re using audio, or you are reading out questions to them use the rhythm of three seconds per question.
If they’re hesitating on each question or using their fingers, it’s worth repeating these early tables to get them to lose the habits that could be hijacking their chances of success.
If after 4 days on that set of times tables facts, they’re still taking 10 minutes that’s fine – let them move on. If they’re taking 15 minutes or more, then step back to the previous times table (or to the last times table that they were fluent in) to help them build up their speed, then go back up to the problematic set.
Once you get started, it will only takes 10 minutes a day to help your child to faster more confident with times tables! Hello, I’m Caroline from Maths Insider and today I want to talk about teen math problems.

2) It could be that he can do long division but he’s just forgotten a step so he’s messing everything up, messing up a whole question.
With my own teenagers, I often just find a video on YouTube and send it to them and say “Hey look! Let them feel as though it’s not something that you’re setting and teaching them how to do.
In the Maths Insider secret program, I go through and show you step by step how to figure out what are the gaps in your child’s knowledge and I show you the exact free websites that you can use to figure out what those gaps are and develop a plan to fill in those gaps. The following list of number-crunching books will prove this to even the most dubious of readers. Using animals to explain math concepts is brilliant, because, which kid doesn’t like animals? Children are drawn to the cartoon characters, and parents enjoy learning new math and science trivia at the same time. Primarily a historical medical novel, The Great Trouble sneakily introduces math to young readers in the form of money.
While following the heroic adventures of the main character, who is struggling to support himself, readers are plunged into the world of economics. A classic book that introduces abstract mathematical concepts, and personifies both math and words as literal characters. This preschool book provides a fun reason for counting–they must help Maisy the Dog find all of the baby chickens before bedtime! As a lift-a-flap book, it’s already interactive, and parents can make it more so by using the bright illustrations to teach numbers, colors, and farm animals. A perfect gift for a child who is into computers or robotics, or who just needs some proof that STEM academics can be fun. The book is wonderful for the story itself, and presents numerous opportunities for parents to introduce new math games (such as finding hidden numbers). A biography of the mathematician Paul Erdos, who was astonishingly brilliant with numbers, yet could not perform simple tasks like making his own bed.
The bright illustrations and joyful character can teach young readers that math is not something to be feared, since we see Paul so ecstatically happy about his numerical adventures. A clever and excellent way to drive home the importance of why math skills are important and how we use them everyday to solve a variety of issues.
For children who don’t dream of being physicists or engineers, its helpful to show how math is still useful in their own real world lives. Parents have described this book as funny, diverse, thought-provoking, powerful, and worth reading over-and-over.
This adventure story links multiple academic subjects together (much as the Master himself did). Along the way the 3 young characters play the role of both students and teachers to the grand master; an empowering way to show children that what they learn today, they can use for teaching others tomorrow.
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We’ve had some great discussions about alternative methods for subtraction with borrowing, math ideas for kinesthetic learners and tips for preschool and teen mathematicians! How can I make sure I'm not confusing my child when they ask me to help with their math homework? Here are some printable worksheets to help your child work on learning to use subtraction with borrowing. Do your kids bring home sandwiches that have only been nibbled on, fruit that has been half-eaten, or carrots that are still fully-formed? If you remember being a kid at all, chances are your memories are a mixture of awesome moments of triumph and glee, sprinkled with some incidents you'd rather forget.
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In a study published in Psychological Science, it has found that girls can do better at math because of their verbal skills. Studies done at the University of Missouri have shown that students that have a better grasp of their 1st grade math principles do better in later math courses. In a brain study done by the University of Chicago shows that when students get to a hard math problem, their anxiety goes up, if students are able to calm themselves down, they lessen their anxiety and perform better. In a Michigan State University article, it argues that students in the United States are being surpassed by their peers in other countries. A study done by the Kenny Krieger Institute shows that students that are able to estimate quantities well, often do better in math in elementary school. In a new study published in the journal Child Development, shows that students that have a bad “gut sense” of numbers will have a hard time with math in the future.
In a study by the National Institutes of Health has shown that children in elementary school that have a hard time with numbers, such as determining numbers on a page, are more likely to be diagnosed with a math learning disability in the 5th grade.
Praising your child for their effort, not their ability, will increase their confidence and make them hungry to learn more. Yep – just keep telling yourself that, even if that’s not the way you remember it from your own childhood.
You can begin by pointing out lots of different numbers to your child, such as the numbers on front doors, on the front of buses, on T-shirts, on television.
Talk about the numbers on buses, front doors, price tags or even on the back of footballers’ shirts.
Pretend to get the answer wrong by asking them “is this one number 4?” and see if you child corrects you. Start by counting from 1 to 5, and once they’re confident with that, move on to 1-10, then 20 etc. This skill helps young children when they come to simple addition and subtraction, because they can already recognise that ‘”4” means 4 things or objects – and that they have to count to 4.
It is a very simple concept for children to pick up – and you can encourage them at home in all sorts of ways! Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education.
Read more Copyright for this website is owned by the State of New South Wales through the Department of Education. You may also find the additional resources on this page usefulRemember if you are helping your child with their Maths homework, the terminology with regard to addition and subtraction may have changed considerably since your own school days - terms like 'borrowing' and 'paying back' are no longer used - instead you will hear your kids use terms such as 're-grouping'.
But you need to just check – are they taking 10 minutes because they’re staring out of the window or fiddling with their pencils, or are they actually taking 10 minutes to concentrate on each of the questions and answering the questions?

So if they take them 10 minutes the first time, let them repeat that particular times tables, for a 2nd, 3rd or maybe even a 4th day to see if you can get their timing to closer to five minutes.
My 2 older kids ploughed their way through times tables worksheets and learnt them that way with no fun and games, but my younger 2 are worksheet-a-phobes! I’m very much a be a visual learner and maybe your child is a hands on learner and your child’s times tables efforts will get better results if you can tailor their work to their learning style. There are audio CD’s that you can buy or if you look on YouTube you’ll find plenty of times tables raps, rhymes and songs. Well the one thing that’s really helped them with their times tables are times tables games.
Some needed dice and counters but they seemed to love the ones that used those washable whiteboard pens! They’ll have plenty of workbooks, CD’s and also some pre-packaged games or flashcards as well. When I looked up “times tables raps” there were over 300 YouTube videos for times tables raps and time tables songs, as well as instruction videos showing how the times tables work.
Worksheets are fine with these types of learners, but supplementing these by playing some hands-on games will help to fix the multiplication facts. I’ve developed the 31 Days to Faster Times Tables program which contains all the worksheets (including built -in review), audio, printable games and activity ideas to guide your child to faster, more confident times tables in one month. However, when done well, and accompanied by unique perspectives and colorful illustrations, math books can be fun!
All titles are winners of the 2016 Mathical prize, which honors books that cultivate a love of mathematics in young readers. The fun presentation makes it an ideal way to introduce concepts to inquisitive learners and reluctant math students alike.
The Phantom Tollbooth has delighted readers for over three decades, and continues to pique mathematical interest in readers of all ages.
Not only is it a mystery novel filled with old-school learning concepts, such as logic puzzles, it focuses on one of the most progressive uses of math in our world today–computer coding. Their path is littered with numbers and shapes, and along the way they learn about counting, problem-solving, and basic geometry concepts. This story is for any child (or parent) who sees the world differently and strives to create their own learning environment. Cunningly hidden inside the story of a city girl who moves to the farm and rather reluctantly becomes a chicken farmer, are everyday math problems she must solve. Little math problems are just as important to your success, no matter which undertaking you choose.
Follow the three young characters as they help a resurrected da Vinci on his quest to better humanity.
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A Cambridge University educated math teacher, she's been involved in math education for over 20 years as a teacher, tutor, Kumon instructor, Tabtor instructor and math ed blogger. Maths is everywhere – helping your child get dressed, baking together, going to the shops, singing counting songs, building with blocks – practically every activity we do with our children involves maths. After a while your child will recognise that the word “two” can also be written as a number “2”.
Telling them that they’re better at this than you are will boost their confidence: nursery aged children really respond well to this.
Take any opportunity you get to jumble up numbers and ask your child to put them back in the right order. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. In order to help rather than confuse your child it is important to understand the way these concepts are taught now in schools. And so the worst thing you can do is to make a huge thing out of it, and make into “Oh! Perhaps find one on subtraction with borrowing, and maybe a step-by-step video on how to do long division.
Such as how to calculate the amount of water needed for a certain number of chickens per day, and how to measure for roosting poles.
All we need to do as parents is find the learning opportunities in these activities and we’ll be helping our children develop into happy and confident mathematicians!
The following resources from the NCCA will help you understand the Maths Curriculum and the terminology and methods used.
If they are doing 100, two times tables in five minutes then great, they should move on to the three times tables. As a parent it’s natural to go into panic mode and blame yourself, then blame your teen, then blame yourself, but DON’T!
It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. Watch the video below to see the 3 steps you can take to save your teen’s math today.
If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school.