Parents want their children to do well, after teaching in schools for many years I have yet to meet a parent that really didn’t want their children to be happy and also successful. Some children will be more academic than others and this depends on a multitude of factors and if only I knew just what it took I wouldn’t have the homework battles, conversations on how best to study and at times resorting to bribery to get spellings learnt.
As a child myself I would use the look, cover, write and check method for my weekly spellings and largely I still use the same methods with my youngest. However I also embrace the technology that is now available in the hope that some where along the line it will all help and make sense. There are some great programmes and apps that can be used alongside more traditional routes for today’s children. I would advocate mixing up the ways to learn, it can be really hard as a parent when you have more than one child and all the demands of after school clubs. Fitting in homework and reading practise is a challenge but having a routine definitely helps. Erin is almost six and in year one. She is a bright little thing and eager to learn. So whilst I am helping the 11 year old settle into secondary school and more homework alongside proof reading the Y11’s coursework or helping her with something or another Erin wants to join in and do homework. This past week we have been trialling Carol Vorderman’s online maths tuition site The Maths Factor and we are already noticing its impact. The approach is little and often as educationalists know this is the best way for sustained improvement. Each morning on our walk to school we practise her times tables as this is Erin’s current focus in Maths. The benefits of little and often speak for themselves and this is supported by Maths Factor’s own research.
- Those who completed an average of three or more sessions a week saw their ‘maths age’1 advance by an average of 19 months in one year.
- Completing five or more sessions per week saw an even greater acceleration of maths age, by an average of 25 months in one year.
The Maths Factor is motivating us all with a 30 day challenge that is now continuing into October and seeing as it is the start of the month it is a great time to sign up.
Carol commented: “The 30 Day Challenge is a way of making maths more fun without it being too daunting or onerous on time, for the parent or child. The fantastic results of our Maths Factor students underline the benefits of encouraging regular maths practice, and making progress in micro-steps. That’s what the 30 Day Challenge is designed to encourage. The brain is like a muscle. If you want it to get stronger, you have to exercise it daily. It’s commonplace for children to read every day, so why not practise maths too?
Erin has been having a go and really likes the activities and I am really excited to offer a competition where you could win a 3 month trial of The Maths Factor and some Maths Factor goodies. To enter simply complete the rafflecopter entry below. The closing date is 15th October
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