Math Matters for Families
A new school year is always an exciting time for families and teachers. It is a time of new beginnings and endless opportunities. The message we give our children can change their performance dramatically. Children need to know that the adults in their lives believe in them. Brain research shows that the messages students hear from their families about math, and their families relationships with math can dramatically change their math learning and achievement. It is important that families interact with children with positive messages sharing that math is for anyone through hard work and perseverance. Let's work together to foster a "growth mindset" in our children.
What can you do at home to promote mathematical thinking?
Play games - Board games and card games offer mathematical conversations focusing on multi-step problem solving, pattern recognition, spatial reasoning, resource management and much more!
Ask Questions - You don't need to know the answer! Ask your child questions about numbers in your world. Help them see math all around them.
Celebrate mistakes - Help your child see mistakes as opportunities for growth. Encourage them to persevere.
Games that Promote Mathematical Thinking
This short list of games is just a sampling of the type of games that promote mathematical thinking:
Ticket to Ride
Century Spice Road
Settlers of Catan