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11/13/2014
The holiday season offers many opportunities to spend quality time with your family, but no doubt the weather is going to restrict your choice of activities. If you find yourself stuck indoors, take advantage of the situation to foster a love of math in your child. These tips, courtesy of The Tutoring Center, apply all year round but are especially handy over the holidays.

Set an example

Child psychologists and educators agree that children model a large portion of their behaviour on the behaviour of their parents, and this includes their attitude towards math. If your child sees you tackling math problems with confidence and positivity, they’re likely to do so too. If, however, they hear you say ‘I’m no good at math’ then they’re likely to view it as a daunting or insurmountable task.

Sneak in some practice

You can introduce math into everyday activities without your child even noticing. If your child wants to help you prepare the Thanksgiving dinner, ask them to help you calculate the necessary weights and measures. Ask them to count the presents under the tree at Christmas and to divide them between family members. Sing ‘the Twelve days of Christmas’! Try to introduce as much math into their day as possible to give them practice, and at the same time they will (consciously or subconsciously) realize the importance of math in everyday life; it isn’t just useful in the classroom!

Play games

There are thousands of educational apps available so if you have a computer, smartphone or tablet, take advantage of those. You needn’t rely on technology, though, there are many ‘old-fashioned’ games that are great for developing math skills. Monopoly is great for relatively simple math, but if you need something a little more specific try creating your own board games—perhaps adapt an existing board game so that each player must correctly answer a math question before they can take their turn.

A healthy diet is important throughout the year. Of course, over the holidays your child is likely to indulge in a few treats, but take a look at our guide to superfoods to feed your child for some great additions to their regular diet.

If you notice during the holidays that your child is having any academic difficulties, don’t hesitate to contact The Tutoring Center. We offer free diagnostic assessments to pinpoint your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses so we can offer targeted assistance. Call (862) 210-8600 to organize tutoring in West Caldwell.

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