Whether you’re trying to help kids develop algebra skills or simply want to show your child that they can accomplish anything if they put their mind to it, there are five simple ways to teach them math, all while encouraging their creativity.
Children must understand mathematical concepts so they can be successful in school and life.
One of the greatest achievements of humankind is our ability to learn. As humans, we have developed a capacity for learning that no other species can match. This ability is what allows us to learn the alphabet, read, play sports, and understand music and mathematics. Yet, we are surrounded by people who say things like: “I can’t learn math.” Or, “My kids just aren’t interested in learning math.” I’m sure that many of you reading this article right now have experienced some level of resistance when it comes to math or other difficult concepts.
1. Build confidence and help them understand the basics
One way to help children build confidence in math is to start them young. Young children are naturally confident and don’t need to be “taught” that math is a cool thing. Let them practice with manipulatives and small objects and they’ll naturally begin to understand the concepts of math. Once they have a good grasp of the basics, introduce new concepts such as fractions and algebra in a fun and memorable way. Make sure to model good problem-solving techniques as well, since teaching algebra doesn’t just mean memorizing equations.
2. Break down the whole process into bite-sized steps
Algebra is tricky for some kids. They may have struggled with the concepts. Or, they might have been exposed to it, but never really grasped it. Math is all about patterns, so it helps if you can show them those patterns early on. So instead of just explaining the entire equation, break it down into smaller pieces. Let them see how a multiplication problem might look, or how a division problem might appear.
3. Create a road map for success
Parents must understand the concept of algebra and have the confidence to explain it to children. Teaching your child the basics of algebra is just as critical to their future as teaching them the alphabet. Parents should focus on three areas: explaining and reinforcing concepts, learning strategies, and the importance of practice.
4. Find creative ways to solve problems
I’ll admit, when my son was a kid, I wasn’t always the most patient person in the world. I felt that math just wasn’t fun and I would rather play outside or read a book. But then I realized that my son had become interested in algebra because he was fascinated by the equations and graphs he was seeing on the computer. So I decided to look for ways to teach him algebra. We used this as an opportunity to learn together about what algebra means and how it applies to everyday life.
5. Help them practice their newfound skills over and over again
When I started teaching, my parents and teachers told me to get all the books out so I could practice, practice, practice. Then one day I was practicing for an exam and I just didn’t remember how to solve this equation. So I went to the bookstore and looked up some algebra books. At the bookstore, I had seen the textbooks I needed, but I couldn’t afford to buy them. Then I remembered that the bookstore sells used textbooks. I called them up and they said they’d sell me the books if I came down there with cash. I did and got the books I needed.
In conclusion, the key to teaching a child algebra is to know that it’s a learning skill, not a memorization skill. We all learn things differently. A child who is memorizing facts and concepts may not grasp the material immediately, whereas a child who uses logical reasoning and problem-solving techniques will absorb the material in a much faster way. This article gives five tips for how to teach your child algebra. Use these tips and you’ll see your child succeed in algebra.
As parents, we want to give our children the best education. And to help them with their studies, we attend lectures and buy books and educational toys. We do that because we want our children to excel both inside and outside the classroom. Ideally, this would involve us speaking English at home and teaching our kids basic mathematics, reading, and writing.
Unfortunately, most parents don’t learn much themselves beyond social studies in school. And as they’ve grown up into adults who no longer use math in their work, it gets forgotten or never fully learned (and definitely not mastered).