Monday, November 9, 2009

Math Everyday

For many children, encounters with math can generate a certain degree of distress. Many wonder, especially in an age of technological advancement and computers, is knowledge of math really that important? The answer is a resounding yes. The importance of math should never be underestimated, and it is essential to impress this fact upon your children while they are young. Whether we realize it or not, we use math every day in our jobs, while driving to work and at home. Virtually every occupation, in some way, involves the use of math, whether you are a secretary, athlete, musician, doctor or social worker. Many children do not understand that no matter what occupation they choose, they will need to use math in some capacity.

It is a good idea to sit down with your children and discuss the importance of math. Ask questions about the subject: what do they like about math? What kinds of challenges and difficulties do they experience when solving mathematical problems? You can remind your child that math teaches them important skills like logic and problem solving, skills that they will be able to apply to a variety of situations throughout their lives.
If you are concerned that you may not know enough about math to engage your children in this kind of discussion, you can rely on the many math websites online and familiarize both you and your family on the subject of math. Remember, no child (or adult) is alone in their challenges with math. By simply discussing the subject with others and utilizing the wealth of information your teacher can share with you, both you and your children can learn the vital skills necessary to approach and embrace math in your everyday lives.

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