Published at Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - 21:48:07 PM. Worksheet. By Searlait Lejeune.
About a year ago we went away on a family holiday to Wales. We were in the car for around 7 hours. That’s right, 7 hours with bored kids and frustrated parents. Usually, when we are going to be in one place for a long time, I take some things for the kids to do but as you can imagine they had exhausted everything I had brought along within the first 4 hours. It was at this time, in desperation, that I decided to take action. So, I started creating little games. You know those kind of I spy games. But I took it further and started to write quizzes. But ones that were relevant to being on a journey. For example, I would tell everyone to look out for a speed sign and as soon as we all heard the speed on the speed sign we would write down all the ways we could think of to make that number. It seems so simple but games like this kept us busy for hours. And the kids loved it. In fact, even I found it fun.
The first secret you need to discover is that your children will follow your lead. Not a big secret to most parents, but sometimes we are unaware of the influence we have on our children. How often have you sat faced with a list of figures – balancing the check book, credit card statement or filling out tax forms – and muttered about how much you hate math, how hard it is, how you just don’t have a head for math? You need to stop yourself right now! What you are telling your child is that math is a horrid chore, a difficult task, and one that you either have the talent to do, or you don’t. You are making your child anxious about a school subject that they will have to do for many years – and a skill that they will need for the rest of their lives. You are also telling them that if they struggle with math, it just means that they don’t have the talent for it – and it is therefore not their fault, and there is nothing they can do about it.
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