Help! My Child is Struggling with Math

Enrichment Therapies

September 13, 2023

child playing with number blocks

By: Haley Hall, Learning Specialist

Does your child have difficulty understanding math concepts? Many children struggle with math–in fact, according to the New York Times, 64% of 4th graders are not scoring at a proficient level in math. 

It’s important to make sure your child can succeed in math, but it can be difficult to figure out how to help. Luckily, we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks!

Help Your Child Visualize Math Concepts

Use manipulatives, number lines, hundreds charts, blocks, and other tools to help your child see what numbers and math concepts look like. Building a child’s number sense is essential for success with math.

Multisensory Learning is Key 

Incorporate as many senses as you can in your child’s learning (sight, hearing, touch, and movement) and you’ll likely start noticing that your child has a deeper understanding of math concepts taught that way. 

You can have your child verbalize and air write addition sentences (ex: use their finger and write in the air 3+5=8 while they say the numbers and symbols aloud), and then represent the problem using colored blocks (3 red blocks plus 5 blue blocks equals 8 blocks total).

Make Math Real 

Show your child how the concepts they’re learning apply to real life. Take your child to the grocery store and ask them to help you estimate the total cost of the groceries. Bring a calculator and have them total the items up as you fill the cart. 

If your child is struggling with fractions, pull out a recipe and start baking! You could tell your child you need to double the recipe for an extra challenge and have them figure out how much of each ingredient you will need.

Leverage Math Tutoring Services From ETLC

Students who are having a hard time with math may need extra support outside of school. Find a tutor or learning specialist who can do a full assessment to determine the underlying reason why your child is struggling. 

Here at ETLC, we can identify the foundational skills your child hasn’t mastered and we can make an individualized plan to help them succeed. Contact us today to get started by scheduling a consultation!

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