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 second step that you will take is to understand that in this 21st 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!”