Do I Need to be an Expert to Teach My Kids Maths?

By Jasmine

Homeschool, Homeschooler

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Like many parents, I believed I had to be a maths expert to teach my children

Because I struggled with maths as a student (back when I was at school), I assumed that I would never be able to teach it. Imagine the panic that set in when I made the leap to become a homeschool parent. What was I thinking? I was thinking that I wanted better for my children. I didn’t want my children to have the same experience I had with maths. I didn’t want them to hate maths. I didn’t want their life choices limited because they gave up on learning maths. I wanted my children to be excited about learning maths! Math-U-See entered into my life and changed my perspective!

Here's what worked for me

Even though I would never call myself a maths expert, the Math-U-See program has boosted my confidence and I always feel prepared to teach my children. An added bonus is I feel like I’m learning along with them!  Because Math-U-See is based on the mastery approach to teaching and the easy memorisation of computational facts, I soon discovered that my aversion to maths was simply that I didn’t know the computational facts. Math-U-See helped me fix that! Math-U-See, with its integer blocks and manipulatives as the foundation for learning concepts, makes it easy for anybody on any level to learn and memorise math concepts. 

Math-U-See gives parents the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how maths works and doesn’t require that you are a maths expert to do so! 

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After I learned my computational facts and progressed, along with my children, to upper level math concepts, I started to see how my phobia of math was also related to my lack of understanding with fractions. I’m not sure if I was absent on the day my class learned fractions, but my inability to master this concept made algebra an anxiety-inducing process for me. This time around, with Math-U-See’s fraction overlay manipulatives, I began to understand. Not only did I master fractions, but my children became exceptionally skilled in concepts with fractions too!

I felt empowered to teach maths

The Math-U-See program absolutely changed how I felt about maths, and it changed how I felt about teaching math to my children who I was determined to prevent from inheriting my maths phobia. Math-U-See let me learn with my children, it was empowering, and I bet it can do the same thing for other parents who felt like me about maths. This program gives parents the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how maths works and doesn’t require that you be a maths expert, it makes teaching math to your child possible!

Hundreds of parents and families across Australia have used the Math-U-See program successfully to teach maths. Why? Because its simple, straight forward and easy to teach. 

The Math-U-See program includes the following features (that parents love!):

  • Step-by-step instructions are provided for the teacher for each lesson, so you know exactly what to teach and how to teach it
  • Lesson-by-lesson online videos explain each topic that is being taught - like your very own private tutor
  • The use of manipulatives in each lesson is research-proven to dramatically engage and enhance learning for each student 
  • Practicing the questions in the student workbooks reinforces what has been taught
  • End of lesson tests make it easy to see what your student has understood - and which topics needs more work

Here's some free resources to help out

Here's some free resources that will help when teaching maths at home with your kids. We've combined them into a Mega Bundle so you can have everything you need, all at once!

The free Mega Bundle download includes lesson planners, maths facts sheets, word problem tips, maths glossary and research-based documentation for teaching maths in a way that your child can understand. 

Keep up the good work!

The Team at Maths Australia

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