How to Help if Math “Isn’t Your Thing”

Preventing the Summer Slide in Math

Many parents may find the thought of teaching their child math scary.  Depending upon the age of your child, you may feel that they have surpassed your expertise in math and you may not know how to provide the best support for them just at home.  There are other options to help your child to build their math skills over the summer.

One way is to look and see if there is a summer math camp or activity locally.  I know that my public library, in addition to offering free reading activities, also holds free math and science activities over the summer.  This may be a great option.  Upper-elementary and middle school aged children might enjoy going to a math-based camp.  Here is a list of summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer programs around the country.

If there doesn’t seem to be a math-based summer program in your area, you can also think about hiring a tutor.  A tutor can provide one-on-one attention to skills that your child may need more support developing or to provide an accelerated curriculum of what they will learn in the coming year.  Some tutors even create small groups for summer learning and can be more cost effective.  Asking your child’s teacher is the best place to start when trying to find a responsible and reputable tutor.

Smart Tutor is also an excellent option for summer practice.  The program is tailored to your child’s needs and helps to build their skills in both math and language arts.  It’s also easy for you to track and see what skills your child is learning and how they have improved.  The activities are fun and engaging for children as well as motivational for children.

What tips do you have for parents to help when they are afraid of math?

We hope you enjoyed this series on preventing the summer slide in math.

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