Turn your child into a maths magician?

Holidays Drain The Brain!
So it’s time for the kids to head back and as parents we all start clicking into school mode, or let’s face it a case of the guilts for all we promised ourselves we would do, but didn't. Now you find yourself starting to read a bit more...
... and asking them maths questions. But what the heck has happened to our kids? It’s like their brains have turned to mush!

Our once near genius child has now forgotten even the basic maths questions that before the holidays they actually got a school award for. This spins us into a near panic, after all, we had just been gloating to Nana about how they most likely (okay definitely) will be in the top class this year!

It’s OK, calm the farm- this is actually a recognised syndrome- it even has a name! It’s called the Summer Brain Drain.

To put it simply, basically a group of holiday zombies have come along and eaten all the good bits of your kid’s brains! Or even more simply, they have forgotten. They went from an environment of doing math every single day through all sorts of subjects- to going comatose at home on the nearest tech object with an occasional bout of exercise thrown in.

It is believed that on average, a child loses two months of math and reading skills over the summer break.

Like anything, if you don’t practice you lose it. Math is no different- all those hard earned facts disappear after six weeks if nothing has been done to keep it in the important basket. But all is not lost, here are 5 ways we can help our child stay on track:

1. Set a routine: Every morning before your child disappears into the land of tech, get them to do a 10 minute math worksheet. 10 minutes practice a day is all it needs.

www.stayontrack.co.nz has 10 minute worksheets at 3 different levels designed to concentrate on the basic facts-like timetables for example.

2. Play Games: card and board games are great ways to practice the basic facts of maths and to sharpen their skills again. The oldies like monopoly, last card etc are all great fun.

3. Model behaviour: Talk about math and numbers as you do the shopping or look in flyers. We do math everyday but forget to tell our children about it.

4. Cook: No kidding! There is so much math in baking and cooking that is all natural and so much fun. Temperatures, measurements and you get to eat it as well!

5. Keep at it- once or twice is not enough- you have to be committed for your kids. Practice is the key to being great at anything. 10 minutes every day is perfect

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