Some parents think only their child is lazy to learn math. Surveys show that half of them don’t fully know the multiplication table. This suggests that of the nearly 2 million schoolchildren who arrived in the first grade in 2019, about 1 million will “fall out” of mathematics and are unlikely to become talented scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. Full knowledge of mathematics may not be necessary, but financial literacy requires basic principles for everyone.
I will tell you how to overcome “mathematical anxiety” and love this important subject.
What does Nicola Tesla, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Durov have in common? A passion for math from an early childhood. Anyone who has made a significant contribution to humanity will be a fan of mathematics. And if you open the list of eminent graduates of any math department, you’ll be surprised at how many successful businessmen are known there. A passion for mathematics is an opportunity to benefit society.
Why not knowing math is bad for society.
Not everyone understands mathematics – this is what I thought until I got carried away by the work of our memory and attention. My observations showed that everyone can develop any skill if they are interested in it.
But why is elementary mathematics not given to all children? It may seem like a discovery to most, but there are only a few difficult math topics that a child faces in primary school that are crucial in shaping the mathematical mindset of a child. For common core math example, if a child has difficulty remembering the multiplication table, he or she wonders what mathematics is for? If the child did not understand the “composition of the number”, he will not have a base to understand the arithmetic actions.
In high school, he will have the same attitude to other subjects related to mathematics – physics, chemistry, algebra, geometry, computer science. And that’s half the school subjects.
Teachers will do their best to make sure that children love their subjects, but this may not help all students. Parents in turn lead them to tutors. But this help is also more often provided as a temporary measure: usually before exams or vacations, then students forget everything.
I think that all children can understand and love mathematics. But the teacher in primary school physically does not have enough time and attention to all children in the class. So, if you notice that your child is not given mathematics, it is likely that he did not understand some of its “puzzle” and it lost all interest.
Mathematical anxiety is what it is…
“Mathematical anxiety” in children is expressed in fear of evaluation, fear of problem solving, the teacher of mathematics. And what is characteristic, it does not pass after school. Adults often can not calculate the change in the store, make thoughtless purchases and take bad loans.
How to arouse interest in mathematics…
Parents have to control this process themselves. It is very important that the child understands why he or she needs to know mathematics: it does not matter whether to go to the store or for the future profession.
Arouse interest through questions that will help the child to “guess for himself” that mathematics is very important and very necessary.
Try board games. 1st grade math games for children. They compensate for the weakness of abstract thinking, which is necessary for children to learn mathematics. The child has a figurative way of thinking, and mathematics is abstract, and the games allow them to “materialize” mathematics.
In my opinion, the first biggest stone that occurs in children on the road of learning mathematics is the mechanical memorization of the multiplication table, that is, rote. If you use, for example, the same multiplication table for meaningful rather than mechanical memorization, it is much more likely to retain interest in mathematics.
So, to form a mathematical mindset of the child, it is necessary to make an effort even in primary school. If you are not sure of your abilities, invite a tutor who can cause the child’s interest in mathematics. And interest in mathematics awakens interest in self-study and other subjects adjacent to mathematics – physics, computer science.