If you’re like most of us, as a child you probably sat in many a math class thinking “What’s the point of learning algebra or calculus? How is this actually going to benefit me in real life?” Fast forward many years later, as a parent, you may be getting those exact same questions from your child. Especially if math is a subject they struggle in.
Well, as it turns out, even if your child doesn’t have life-long dreams of becoming a mathematician, engineer, doctor or many of the other more obvious careers that would require a strong understanding of the higher mathematical concepts, learning math is crucial to your child’s every day success, both as a child and as they grow up and enter the real world.
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to set your child up for success and developing a solid foundation in math is one of those things. Here are some “real life” examples of why it’s so important.
It teaches you how to learn.
While this may seem far-fetched, it’s true. Regardless of whether math comes easy or hard to your child, it requires focus, which is a skill required for all parts of life. It also improves organizational skills and teaches you how to look things up when you don’t have the answer.
You know those annoying word problems that you learned to solve in school? It turns out working through those problems is how we develop the ability to think analytically and critically about the many challenging situations that occur over a lifetime. From the simple “I forgot my lunch at home, what should I do?” to the more complex “I made a mistake by telling my friend’s secret, how should I make the situation better?” Both of those situations require you to assess the situation and use critical thinking skills to come up with a way to solve the problem.
It builds confidence.
Word problems, calculus, algebra – all those things would be considered by most students to be HARD. But, guess what? Once your child develops the ability to solve those problems, it will build their self esteem and hopefully give them the confidence to learn other complicated subjects. And with the hard world that our children are growing up in these days, who doesn’t want a child with a high self esteem?
Math is actually required for pretty much any job.
Time management, a mathematical concept, is something that’s necessary in ALL jobs. No matter what your career, you will have regular tasks to accomplish and short-term and long-term goals to accomplish. Being successful in those things requires you to learn how to manage your time.
The list doesn’t stop here but hopefully we’ve convinced you by now!
If math is a subject that your child struggles in, the earlier you can get them help, the better. And the burden shouldn’t be all on you to give them that help.
Mathnasium is here to partner with parents to provide their child the help they need. Whether your child is in elementary, middle or high school, their instructors are specially trained, using a proprietary method, to meet your child at their current ability and teach them in a way that makes sense to them.
If you know math is a subject your child struggles with, take a proactive approach and give the instructors at Mathnasium a call. Let them be your partner in ensuring your child has their best school year yet.