In some households, math is a four-letter word. It is the subject in which students most often get behind and need the summer months to catch up. However, with a strategic plan and an understanding of the many options available, a smoother path to success is possible.
Getting ready for high school math
We continued through the same curriculum from kindergarten through sixth, adding different approaches to learning the concepts, like manipulatives, games (one of the favorite and most effective methods at our house), flashcards (not a fan), and physical activities, like measuring ingredients in the kitchen and measuring wood in the workroom, and hopping from number to number as they counted or added and subtracted—a favorite for lower elementary students. A tool that we found very effective to introduce the concepts of algebra was Borenson Hands-On Equations.
8 to 10 Problem
Stepping into high school math should be like turning the next page in a book, so develop a plan for getting there:
- Show that you value math by making it a priority each day, working with your student, investing time and/or money into additional materials to teach concepts that your current curriculum isn’t addressing in a way that your student understands.
- Talk positively about math. Don’t make it sound like a mountain that can’t be climbed or bring up images of your own childhood math-nightmare.
- Celebrate success. Moving forward in math should be celebrated: take a day off from math to play math strategy games and give special recognition at dinner (with ice cream).