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How Can You Support Your Child

May 21, 2014

Numeracy learning is a shared responsibility.

  1. Work with your child to set up a study area in the home that is comfortable and away from too many distractions.

  2. Be available to provide help and support if it is needed. If you are unable to help, assist your child in finding someone who can.

  3. Make it a habit to talk with your child about school work. Even if you aren't familiar with the topic, you can still be an interested listener.

  4. Keep in touch with your child's teacher. Stay informed about your child's progress (notes, phone calls, visits). Encourage the teacher to contact you about successes and achievements, not just problems.

  5. Make sure your child has access to scraps, junk and art materials for building and making things.

  6. Establish a regular study time when homework assignments, review work or reading are to be done. Negotiate a time that is flexible enough to fit your child's extracurricular schedule.

  7. Attend parent orientation nights, open houses, special events, parent-teacher interviews. Read school newsletters. Discuss all of these with your child.

  8. Make sure your child has a good night's sleep, eats breakfast and gets to school on time every day.

  9. Invite your child to watch or assist you whenever possible. It is an excellent way for a child to gain background experience and to develop self-confidence in trying new things.

  10. Have fun with problem solving on an ongoing basis at home. Use your child's experiences and everyday situations to create and solve problems.

Adapted from "Math Matters" – Manitoba Education

Additional thoughts…

  • Be positive about math and model the way that you do things but be open to the fact that there may be other ways of doing the same things that are equally valid and makes more sense to your child.

  • Encourage your child to be persistent and not give up easily when working on problems.

  • Ask your child questions about what they are thinking and understanding. Don't be too quick to provide them with a solution.


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