A Parent's Guide to Helping with Maths at Home

As a parent, you will always play an important role in ensuring your child’s success. More importantly, you will be their maths partner as they navigate through their schooling career. By forming a nurturing learning environment you will foster a love of maths in your child from an early age. It’s no secret; children who live in an environment where learning is encouraged, grow to be more confident in their studies.

It goes without saying then that the influence you have as a parent is boundless. When you believe in your child’s ability to learn you build a positive mindset around maths and towards their learning experience of it. When both parent and child embrace maths it opens up opportunities for growth. You are by no means taking up the replacement teacher role when you help your child with their maths skills, you are however helping your child through encouragement and there is great benefit in that.

Remember when you support your child’s curiosity for learning you help to build a foundation that will last a lifetime. This could not be more true than with maths. You as the parent are in a unique position to help your child experience maths as both fun and valuable.

Maths Around Us

You don’t have to be a maths genius to find activities around the house that use maths. Even the simplest of activities increase your child’s ability to solve problems. Find learning opportunities in everyday activities around the house to help build a mathematically rich home environment. There is maths everywhere around you; in everything you do and everything you make; your goal as a parent should be to make discovering the maths fun.

In The Kitchen
Baking and even cooking with your child are excellent opportunities to apply basic Core Maths skills. Think about it, you use one-third cup of milk or 200ml flour. How about that 23cm pan? Maths in the kitchen is a great opportunity to create an understanding of number concepts, patterns, fractions, and measurements. You could even step it up and give doubling a cake recipe a go; this will require reasoning skills.

In The Budget
Money matters are a great way to teach children important mathematical and life skills. And, to boot, your child will be able to use this skill throughout their lives. Give your child a budget to work out, the household food budget, entertainment budget, or even toiletries. Give your child a set amount of money and let them allocate it as needed. Then ask them to calculate the cost of the budget over a year. How about finding how much money the household spends on a specific product in a month, year, or even over five years. You can play around with percentages too by asking your child to calculate how much percentage a product takes up in the monthly budget.

In The Garden
Spend some time outside while learning valuable maths lessons. Cleaning the swimming pool requires exact measurements of chemicals. Applying fertiliser is done on the same principle. Make these activities count by using important maths skills with your child. Why not take it a step further and find out how much water is used when you water the garden? These types of calculations are vital for your child.

Routine, Routine, Routine!

A routine is important, now more than ever. Without a proper routine, your child, especially teens can feel lost and anxious. This will have a snowball effect on how your child learns. Routine will give you child structure to their day and build important organisational skills for the future. Routines help a child to stay focused. When you teach your child how to work their lives around a set routine, you also teach them to set their own goals and put in the work needed to reach them. 

Routines are the building blocks of a healthy balanced foundation. Ideally, you want to create a workable routine for your child around the times they need to study. Your routine will build good habits and will help your child find an easier balance between work and home life later on. Start by setting out a daily and weekly calendar for your family. Work in classes, downtime, dinnertime, and family time. More importantly, work in 20 minutes a day for your child to spend revising their Core Maths skills with Keep It On Core.

Finding a Balance

Life can get crazy at the best of times; it’s easy to get carried away. As a parent, you need to make sure your household runs on a delicate balance between work or study and family time. It’s easy to get caught up in what you’re doing but you should be mindful that you also need valuable time to interact with your family. Finding the perfect balance means setting time aside to work, to study, and to do things together.

Time Designation
Find out from everyone in the house what they need to do every day and write it down. Make sure you set time aside for additional studies as well as housework and dinner prep. Supplementary studies can be completed while dinner is being cooked or while parents play catch up with household chores.

Family Time
When setting out a balance for home life, work-life, and study life, you need to make sure you set dedicated time away from your home with your family. Why not plan family activities for a Saturday? Pack a picnic basket and head outside to catch some sun and fresh air. Remember just as you work and study hard you need to make time to enjoy downtime. Find activities that every member of your family can enjoy. Cycling in nature, hiking, and walking are great ways to get the blood flowing and leave the spirit rejuvenated.

Ask When Help Is Needed
You will feel overwhelmed; you will feel exhausted. It’s always a good idea to have help at hand. There is no way that you can manage everything and it’s great to have a network of people around you that can help when you need it.

Designated Spaces
Set a section of your house aside for work and study. Head into the office and school and study space at a time when you would normally have done so and switch off when you would have done so. The space you set aside should serve its purpose and have everything you need right there.

You are an important link in your child’s life; you need to make use of the opportunity wisely. With your guidance, your child can learn many valuable lessons for their life. This is your perfect opportunity to set the foundation to help your child learn Core Maths skills at home that will help them in the future.