Learning tips - Maths
Tips for learning
Why is it important for my child to learn maths?
Maths skills are important to a child's success – both at school and in everyday life. Understanding maths also builds confidence and opens the door to a range of career options.
In our everyday lives, understanding Maths enables us to:
- manage time and money, and handle everyday situations that involve numbers (for example, calculate how much time we need to get to work, how much food we need in order to feed our families, and how much money that food will cost);
- understand patterns in the world around us and make predictions based on patterns (for example, predict traffic patterns to decide on the best time to travel);
- solve problems and make sound decisions;
- explain how we solved a problem and why we made a particular decision;
- use technology (for example, calculators and computers) to help solve problems.
How will my child learn Maths?
Children learn Maths best through activities that encourage them to:
- think about what they are exploring
- solve problems using information they have gathered themselves
- explain how they reached their solutions.
Children learn easily when they can connect Maths concepts and procedures to their own experience. By using common household objects (such as measuring cups and spoons in the kitchen) and observing everyday events (such as weather patterns over the course of a week), they can "see" the ideas that are being taught.
An important part of learning Maths is learning how to solve problems. Children are encouraged to use trial and error to develop their ability to reason and to learn how to go about problem solving. They learn that there may be more than one way to solve a problem and more than one answer. They also learn to express themselves clearly as they explain their solutions.