Your child’s chances of acing math tests can improve if you do these things:
Regularly quiz your child on basic math facts: 2 x 9, 12 - 4, 6 + 6, etc. Drill with homemade flashcards until your child can answer in fewer than three seconds.
Resist telling your child the answers. Your child will learn better if you show him how to find the answer. For instance, if he doesn’t know what 3 x 5 is, have him draw three parallel horizontal lines. Cross them with five vertical lines. Then have him count the intersections to get the answer.
Have your child practice writing numbers neatly. One quarter of the math errors kids make is due to messy number writing.
Encourage your child to work more problems than the teacher assigns. Good math skills come with practice.
Encourage your child to do math “in his head.” See if he can figure out a problem without using pencil and paper or a calculator.
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