Many employers are looking for workers with training in math and science.

Many common skills, from handling money to following a recipe, are based on math and science. Even more important, training in math and science forms crucial values, including logical thinking.

Here are some ways you can help your child become more comfortable with math:

  • Be sure your child has a hand calculator. Check with your child's teacher to see how your child should use the calculator to do math homework, though.

  • Teach children to be calendar- and clock-watchers. Count off the days until their birthday, Halloween, or a special family outing. Have them watch the clock to make sure the family leaves on time for school, work, or church.

  • Let children manage their own budget. Ask them to keep written records of how they spend their money. Consider opening a checking account for older children.

  • Build on your child's interest in sports. Check baseball or football statistics. Encourage children to keep statistics on topics they enjoy.

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