Many kids and parents alike dread math. I can’t tell you how many parents of kids I’ve worked with dread math too. ?they are too numerous to count! The good news in this is the fact that you are not alone if you or your kids dislike math. The bad news is that it is difficult to get through school or life without math skills. So what do you do? How do you overcome this dread of math when 7 out of 10 kids aren’t proficient in math?
I can totally relate to kids that dislike math. In fact, by the time I was in the 4th grade, I did, I dreaded doing my math homework and My Dad Claimed Math Was Like a Game! This was unbelievable to me until he showed me what he was talking about.
We started playing cards, you know, simple card games like Go Fish and he explained that when we were asking for 3’s or 4’s, or 5’s we were sorting numbers – you know, categorizing them. And that was actually a math skill. And then we played blackjack 21 and that taught me how to add my numbers up to 21. And it went on from there…playing Canasta and Rummy and learning about sets and runs of numbers. And, I started to like math. But the biggest discovery to me was that money was math. Selling lemonade at the lemonade stand made me money and I used math to add up how much. So, from that, from my dad and life experience with the lemonade stand I learned that math could actually be fun and could be useful.
3 roadblocks involved when you don’t like math or have trouble with math homework
That being said…there are actually other 3 roadblocks involved when you don’t like math or have trouble with math homework.
The first roadblock to math homework success is with memory: For example, a lot of kids have trouble remembering their math facts or how to solve math problems. This can be due to a memory problem, either visual or auditory memory.
The second roadblock to math homework success is a problem with cognitive development. This is where your kids have trouble with math concepts themselves. This is relating to understanding the relationships between numbers and how they grow and shrink according to the type of calculation you are doing…adding or subtracting or multiplying or dividing.
The third roadblock to math homework success is a visual spatial or alignment problem. These kids have problems with aligning numbers into columns for calculations, place value, or reading maps and graphs. When your kids don’t line there columns of numbers up accurately it is hard for them to get the correct answer to a calculation problem.
Solutions to Math Homework Problems
Any one of these math roadblocks can make math difficult. If you have trouble with all of them math will be even harder. So the thing we do is to address these areas once we know what they are. We actually have two solutions!
The first solution is to play games like the Math Zone which improves calculation accuracy as well as give you practice with aligning your numbers correctly as well as helps you to understand what happens according to the processes used in math. For example if you have the numbers 20 and 5 and add them you would get 25. If you subtracted the 5 from the 20 you would have 15. If you multiplied the numbers 20 and 5 you’d get 100, and if you divide 20 by 5 you get 4. That is seeing the relationships in what happens to numbers according to the processes. That is part of what the Math Zone game will teach you while you are having fun! So, my suggestion is to play with math, make math your friend because you will be dealing with it your whole life. The first step to improving those skills is to play with them. Play the Math Zone today!
The second solution is to have a math reference guide hand while you are doing your math homework. There is nothing worse than trying to do a math assignment and not remember how to solve the type of problems you have. So, have the tools available that will end up being your ultimate cheat sheet for math homework. The guide we like is the BT Easy Math Reference Guide. It shows you how to solve the dreaded word problems. It also shows you how to do those basic geometry things like finding area and perimeter or even ratio. When you have the tools to guide you and you play with math through games you soon find that math homework isn't so hard anymore.
Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET … 40 Years Experience with Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, & ADHD
Bonnie Terry, currently a Board Certified Educational Therapist and Learning Disabilities Specialist teaches parents step-by-step how to help their children succeed in school whether they have dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning problems. She has served as a special education teacher specializing in learning disabilities, ADHD, physical disabilities/handicaps since 1973. Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is internationally recognized as America’s Leading Learning Specialist.