# Do I Need to be an Expert to Teach Maths?

#### 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 didnâ€™t want my children to have the same experience I had with maths. I didnâ€™t want them to hate maths. I didnâ€™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 Iâ€™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 didnâ€™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 doesnâ€™t require that you are a maths expert to do so!

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. Iâ€™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-Seeâ€™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 doesnâ€™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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