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Help! My Child Has A Phobia For Math!

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Are you having trouble getting your children interested in Math? Do they love other subjects more and display an intense reluctance towards Math? Relax; you are not alone in this.

Math anxiety has always been a part of growing up years for many children. Quite honestly, that includes me as well.  As a child, I always dreaded Math textbooks and exams. When I was asked to solve a real world math problem, I would freeze and pray Mother Earth splits up and consumes me before I’m asked for the answer. So I can totally understand any child’s paranoia towards this over-hyped subject.

There are several children who are immensely fond of numbers and calculations. These children have an innate inclination towards logical reasoning. There are also children who have an inborn aptitude for other fields, including language, music, dance, sports, art, etc., who could be somewhat less capable with their logical abilities. These children might have some difficulty in developing comfort with Mathematics. As attentive parents, we must understand that lesser logical aptitude in no way means lesser intelligence. Your child could have high linguistic, musical or other intelligence types. Make it a point to appreciate these, while you figure a way to help your child overcome their natural inertia towards Math and create fondness for it.

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Things you can do to instill love for Math in your child:

1. Do not label them: Just because your child is not a math genius, don’t trade mark him with labels like “average student” or “not very intelligent”. Your child is as intelligent as a child who scores well in Math. It’s just that he/ she is intelligent differently. Your kid might have incredible aptitude in say painting or dance or something to do with nature. That is also intelligence!

2. Demonstrate the usefulness of math in the real world: While not hyping its importance and making it sound like a big deal, involve your child every time you are paying for domestic essentials. Instances like “We bought 30 litres of milk this month, so I have to pay the milkman 30 times 50” or “The autorick cost us 178 and I have a 500 Rupee note with me. How much should I get back?” can get them interested in calculations. Make sure you calculate with them initially to encourage them and share some simple tips and tricks to compute easily.

3. Restructure their learning: Irrespective of their grade, or the level of subject they are learning in school, restart from basics. It is never too late to do that. You might have to spend extra time doing this, but is worth the effort.

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4. Offer Challenges Matching Their Skill Level: This will help motivate them to put effort, developing interest for Math and then, you will soon see your child picking up steadily.

5. Appreciate their efforts: Always make it a point to appreciate the slightest progress. This will contribute in a big way toward overcoming any disinterest the child might have towards the subject.

6.Make learning fun: Additions, subtractions and all things related to math doesn’t have to feel like homework. Doing it in a fun way can develop fondness for the subject and reduces children’s anxiety towards the subject.

Have your child measure out ingredients while you are cooking or count their kiddie bank savings!Thanks to technology, there are several apps like Mathmateer and Sushi Monster and websites like www.coolmath4kids.com and www.mathplayground.com that have very absorbing games to build a strong math foundation in a fun way. There are also several educational math toys including Flash cards, Abacus, Dice Games and many more that provide a versatile mix of play and learning.

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6. Connect with the Teacher: Make sure you take the child’s school teacher into confidence and communicate the additional efforts you and your child are together putting at home to make progress in the subject. This will prevent additional pressure the child might face at school, so he can take his time to measure up.

7. Boost their confidence: Never criticize or disapprove your child’s lack of skill in Math. Each flaw in your child calls for a lot of understanding and empathy. Don’t let their struggle with Math effect your child’s overall self-esteem. It is not necessary for every child to be brilliant in Math. There must be several other skills they are blessed with. It is our job to identify these innate skills in our child, nurture and treasure them!

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Published On  June 8, 2015 By