The Essentials of Education – Revisited

The Process of Understanding Mathematics

The basics of Math can prove harder to teach than most parents think. Many parents even wonder whether they are in a position to offer any help. A good place to start would be to make sure they are not scared of the concept. Now would be the time to introduce some fun into the process. You can then give simple and easy tests for them to do. It is critical for them to get the basic concepts of Math from the onset. These basics constitute a large percentage to how they will solve Math problems in future, as well as problems generally. This shall be the bridge to learning even the hardest Math problems.
Their pre-school years are the best place for them to get the basic facts. There is no better preparation for elementary school. You need them to understand all the factors related to numbers and numerals. This shall be where they base their ability to solve problems and computation via fractions and rational numbers. They shall then focus on rational and irrational numbers in middle school. They will be ready to deal with algebra and geometry.
In high school, they will learn more about algebra, geometry, as well as trigonometry and other statistical concepts, such as probability. To enable their progress, you need to start with the basics. Complex Mathematics appears so to those who did not have a good foundation. It will thus not be too hard to get it. They have the route of hard work and practice to get there. With a daily practice plan, they will progress faster than simply relying on classroom input.
They will grasp more when they memorize and practice their school work through repetition. It helps when they can see the application of Math in their day to day life routines. You have already seen practice and repetition working in other areas of life, such as sports. The same effect can be enjoyed in Math.
You thus need to get them to apply these concepts to their lives. They will slowly learn to love it, thereby shaking off the idea that it is a tough subject. You can, for example, get them to cook or bake in the kitchen. There are fractions, additions, and subtractions of ingredients, as well as measuring of time, and other Math concepts they can apply. You can go with them to the shops and let them help you do the billing calculations. You can also plan your travels with them, where they shall use maps to calculate distances and speed.
There are websites where you can read more about how to go about this. There shall be tutors present to make this task lighter on you. This will go a long way in getting your child ready for the complexities of Math.