Completing Maths homework can be a little traumatising for both parents and kids! This is often because learning styles differ between parents and their children and over-familiarity means that neither are afraid of letting their frustrations show every now and again! If you or your child have been struggling with Maths homework lately, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the practical tips below and see if they make a difference.
Maths Homework Tips
- Remember that every child learns differently. Some are visual learners while others are auditory or kinaesthetic learners (learners who work best by working with their hands/completing hands-on activities). If your child does not understand something that you are trying to explain, be patient and try to find a different way to approach the problem – see points below.
- Youtube is a great educational tool. Remember that the way kids are taught these days might be different to the way you were taught at school. If in doubt, check Youtube out! You are sure to find some great video tutorials that will go through specific sums and Maths concepts using a coherent, child friendly, step-by-step approach.
- If a child is struggling with a particular concept in their Maths homework, try to introduce some concrete materials to help them visualise the problem a little better. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – pasta shells can work for problems involving any of the operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) while chocolate bars or sweets can be great to help explain fractions!
- Drawing pictures is also a great way to help kids visualise a certain problem. Again, the pictures don’t have to bee too fancy. Rough sketches are fine.
- Learning new Maths skills can actually be really fun with all of the wonderful online resources available these days. Topmarks is a great site for interactive online Maths games. Use these games to help consolidate learning. Your child will have lots of fun too!
Have you any tried-and-tested tips for helping kids with their Maths homework? Let us know in the comments section below! If you are still struggling with Maths homework and would like to see how our Primary School Grinds can help, get in touch today.