Many students have found themselves falling behind or losing skills due to illness, lockdowns, and other unforeseen reasons. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your child’s skills back on track! Here are a few simple ideas for restoring the mathematics literacy of your children at home.
1. Check out Khan Academy.
Khan Academy is an incredible free resource used by educators nationwide. The platform features math videos and opportunities to practice various skills, and your child can work through courses at her own pace. The platform tracks your child’s progress once you sign up for a free account, which is both rewarding and useful.
2. Make numbers review part of your daily routine.
There are countless ways to practice with numbers throughout the day! Let your child do the measuring while you bake, help him practice counting out the change you receive after a transaction, talk about fractions over pizza and pie, let her help you with grocery shopping, and more. Showing your child the real-world applications of mathematics is beyond valuable. Let your child get a glimpse into the ways that adults use math every day!
3. Communicate with your child’s teacher.
Knowing where to start when it comes to building or rebuilding skills can be a daunting task. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone! If your child is currently enrolled in school, talk to your child’s teacher about what s/he thinks your child should focus on. Narrowing the topics needing review will help you and your child avoid being overwhelmed. Your child’s teacher may also be able to provide you with free resources to aid in your review.
By Kathryn Pluta