You may have
gone through school years with a love and hate relationship with mathematics. You
would have hated it for all the formula that you had to memorize or having to
decode letters in equations in the name of algebra or for having to deal with a
simple case of miscalculation which affected your entire problem sum. But you
would have also loved it when you feel that excitement of solving an equation
or a problem sum.

Now
years later, as a parent of preschoolers, you might be in a loss thinking how
your children are going to react towards Math and how you are going to help
them acquire mathematical knowledge. Fear
not, as there are guides available that are produced and used by schools and Ministry
of Education.

An example: Principles
and standards for school mathematics (NCTM, 2000) provides guidance on what is
to be taught.

Some of you might be wondering, “I know what
my child is learning and now, I wish to be part of his/her learning as well. But
I am not a teacher, so HOW CAN I TEACH MY CHILD?”

As stated in the *Elementary and Middle School Mathematics*,
(2013, p. 9), “...Families’ and teachers’ attitudes towards mathematics
may do enhance or detract from students’ ability to maths.”

The first step that
you have to take is to embrace Mathematics. Destroy the hate in you towards Mathematics and by showing liking towards it, there will be a positive impact on your child.

The
second step that you will take is to understand that in this 21^{st}
century, the answers do not matter as much as the process your child takes in
learning maths. They are no longer in a traditional classroom where it is all
about textbooks, workbooks, memorizing drilling or copying. “Do as I do” is
ineffective. Engage them in doing mathematics that permits them to:

When we
understand and teach Mathematics according to the constructivism and
sociocultural theories, which allows children to use their own knowledge and experience
to solve Maths problems, we will be soon phasing out generations that say, “I cannot
do Maths! It’s too hard!”