Numbers, formulas, and word problems are all a part of learning mathematical concepts The large textbooks, pencils, graph paper and IT calculators represent the supporting casts in algebra, geometry and trigonometry classes; unfortunately for many students they dread the arena of mathematics. What steps can be taken to ease the anxiety and make the journey of mathematics a pleasant endeavor?
First of all, mathematics is essential in student's success. Beginning in elementary and throughout high school, the standardized testing and reporting (STAR) is given to students to assess their proficiency in math. A score of proficient or advanced signifies a student understands beyond a doubt. But, the ability to understand mathematical concepts does not stop there because any student who has the desire to attend college must take the SAT test which again assesses one's mathematical knowledge.
Therefore, the first step a parent can take is to encourage your child to embrace and practice math. Of course, this does not just consist of doing homework, but engaging in mathematical games. There are many websites that have jigsaw puzzles, mazes and other games that correlate with mathematical concepts, such ashttp://www.coolmath4kids.com and http://www.mathplayground.com.
Also, talk to your child about the benefits of math for everyday life including managing money, solving problems and using various technologies. Perhaps set up a savings account that your child can manage, allow even small children to participate in the grocery shopping and budget or play a board game like Monopoly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, http://www.bls.gov, over the next few years jobs that require advanced mathematical skills will increase by 10%. Some of these jobs are engineers, mathematicians and math teachers.
Finally, enhance your student's math abilities with math support or tutoring to build those test scores and analytical skills. In Santa Clarita, Math Support Servicehttp://www.mathsupportservices.com is an organization that offers one-on-one tutoring and study hall time while school credits are earned. Registration for the summer begins June 7th; so embrace this opportunity to help your child do the best possible in the arena of math. For Albert Einstein once said, "Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."