Modern math is mandatory in the vast majority of school curriculums for obvious reason. Math is used all the time in everyday life and in virtually every job to some degree and is absolutely essential in many jobs such as engineering, science and finance. Jobs requiring a higher understanding of math are far better paid on average than those that don't but that is not to say a career choice should be made on salary alone.
Even if your child is much more likely to work completely away from anything to do with higher level math, math is very useful to your child's development if merely for forming an idea of logic, improve IQ and critical thinking abilities as well as for everyday number crunching such as calculating taxes owed, paying for groceries etc.
There is actually no universally agreed definition of Mathematics (maths or math) but it usually revolves around the study of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus and statistics. It is often split into pure and applied mathematics. Amongst mathematics scholars there is much debate about the benefits of modern mathematics (which tends to give formulae without explaining the fundamental reasons behind them) and old school mathematics (which takes longer but was more systematic and involved more critical thinking).
The key thing to understand when younger children do math, is that it should have an element of fun (because taught some ways it can be a dry subject) which is why we have pulled together a high quality list of fun resources. You can use these to really push your child's math level on that step further because they will WANT to keep playing. We have chosen subjects that feature in many countries' core curriculums so the resources are largely applicable worldwide.
How to Help Your Kids with Math
You can significantly improve your child's abilities at math by setting aside regular short, daily sessions of 10-15 mins. If they are really behind try this 5-6 times per week for a period and then when they are on track you should be able to drop this to 3-4 times per week. Sessions should be fun so they want to do it!
Your role as a carer would be to find the resources (our website has done all the hard work for you in this respect), making sure your child does the extra sessions and make sure, above all, that they enjoy and look forward to it. Forget perfection, as kids learn they get things wrong. Never hover and criticise, just point them in the direction and let them play. Encouragement and praise for doing the session is all that's required and they will want to continue. They will learn at their own pace.
Children below eight years old don't tend to be able to study so the key is on games and enjoyment. If you can make things fun for children at an early age then their curiosity and passion for a subject can really be ignited. Older kids can have a mixture of games and study but don't make it all study or it will put them off!
Math is one of the most important subjects for your child to learn at school and by following our practical advice above and having your child work through our website resources, they should start to really improve in front of your eyes. The key is on fun and enjoyment, don't look for perfection and avoid criticism at all costs because then it will become an uphill battle trying to get them to do it.
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This is an example math curriculum from New Jersey. The model curriculum gives an overview for each grade (1 to 8) and describes the units within each grade. There are also sections on algebra and geometry. For each grade you can download a PDF with student learning objectives and common core state standards.
A few very interesting insights into what math has to offer (written by students themselves). Each student gives a reasoned argument either for or against learning mathematics with some common themes. See if you agree with any of arguments put forward.
A complete set of math tuition online resources with countless PDFs to print out on any subject for grades K - 6 (US Kindergarten to Grade 6). Click on your selected grade and choose subtopics such as 'Math Investigations', 'Math at Home' or 'Leveled Practice'.