Principles For Parents
Building on success is important. Reward effort and try not to criticise errors. People learn, not so much by being told things, as by working things out for themselves and linking new ideas to ideas that they already have. You can help by asking your children questions, letting them work out answers for themselves, and then discussing their answers with them.
Children need time to think and time to answer. When asking your children questions or talking to them about mathematics give them time. Be patient. Wait for them to answer. Also, explain to older children that they need to give younger children time to answer questions, rather than always answering for them.
Encourage children to talk. Talking about mathematics is an effective way of learning, and the family is one of the best places to talk, especially when a mathematical situation arises naturally. Use mathematical words when you describe things.
For example, instead of saying, “the big red bucket” you might say, “the 10 litre bucket.” Instead of saying, “the large packet of rice” you might say, “the 2kg packet of rice.” In this way, children get to hear the quantities being stated as an everyday way of describing things. Buy children’s books with mathematical themes