How to Help Your Child Develop Key Math and Reading Skills
- Jul 22, 2016
- Sudipto Das
Parents have a tendency of developing this thought that early reading skills develop naturally in a child, and they tend to take it for granted that their child will be no different. But that’s not the case with every child. In fact, the majority of them do need some help to get in the flow of these things. By providing a little aid and encouragement, you should be able to make your child master these basic skills with ease and to the best of his/her abilities. These skills will be pretty useful in the long run and hence, they should never be ignored. This article will try to highlight a few basic aids for you to make your child develop those crucial reading and math skills but before that, we should see the reasons as to how easy learning plays a major role in shaping an individual’s socioeconomic status.
Role of elementary learning
A recent study conducted by the University of Edinburg demonstrates the fact that reading as well as math-based skills at the age of 7 have a direct link with an individual’s socioeconomic status at the age of 42. Children who have a better performance in these subjects tend to be more prosperous in their early 40s especially from their financial point of view because of the positive effect on their career. Hence it can be said that these elementary learning skills have high potentials of shaping a child’s career in the right order. And if a little help can push your child to the realms of success, we think that it’s better to do that accordingly and promptly.
Strengthening early reading and writing skills: Some best possible aids
Before we start, it’s better to point out this fact that some children do have the capability of naturally adopting these basic skills of elementary education without help. But every child isn’t the same. Some encouragement accompanied with some help should be enough to shove them into the right zone. Let’s begin.
Practice and more practice: Practice makes a man perfect. The same policy is applicable here. Encourage your child to practice reading as much as possible. But why stop there? You can also involve yourself in the activity to make it more fun and enticing.
Make it more appealing: The best way to do that is to make your child read a book that s/he likes. The prospect of reading the favorite book is pretty enticing and your child’s no different. Now that’s an excellent way you make the entire reading process more appealing.
Read the books at the right level: You should try to make your child read those books that are suitable enough to their reading level. It would be better if they are provided those books that they can comprehend according to their age. That experience would be far more enticing.
Primary level mathematics is mainly divided into three segments that are number operations, skills based on reasoning and other organizational skills. We’ll provide you with some easy as well as fun ways to incorporate mathematics into your child’s daily routines, thereby helping them develop these skills.
Number operations: The best way to develop such an ability is to include a twist in the game that your child’s pretty familiar with. Alter the rules slightly. Improvise and you’ll see the difference. Say, for example, the game’s “go fish” (a card game) where the goal is to pick up matching cards in pairs. You can make a slight change in rules to make it more fun. The goal can be changed to one where the players will have to get pairs of cards that should add up to a specific number like 10.
Reasoning: This is one of the most important skills in mathematics that will also be useful in the later stage of their careers. Development of reasoning skills at an early stage helps children in making sense of their math skills and how to apply them. To say it more clearly we would provide you with an easy reference. Say, your child has the knowledge of addition; he knows how to add two numbers. That’s great! But when should he apply the operation in math problems? Does he know that? Reasoning skills help them aware of the same fact. Your child will develop the sense as to where or when he should apply that operation to get the desired result.
Organizational Skills: Organizational skills are not only important in mathematics but are also of immense importance in other fields of education as well as an individual’s very own daily life. A systematic way of solving problems is a definite way of gaining success in life. It’s important that we try to develop such skills in children from a very early age. Simple activities like cooking an item can provide such education to the child. Break down the process into small achievable tasks and complete it in a step-by-step fashion to reach your ultimate destination. The entire experience should be pretty overwhelming from the point of view of the child.
Try to remember this fact that early reading and math skills should not be taught in a procedural way. Keep it simple, keep it fun. And if possible, join in. There’s nothing as gratifying as the involvement of parents in games from the child’s point of view. Your child should love it. With that, we’ll conclude our article. Hope you had a good read.
Sudipto writes technical and educational content periodically for wizert.com and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation.
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