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Math’s stress?

By admin
01 October 2013

Amanda le Roux, a math educator at the University of Stellenbosch, gives this advice to Yandiswa.

You do not need to be trained or particularly able in mathematics yourself to support your child’s mathematical development. It is actually part of good, common-sense mothering. The young child’s mathematical development is supported by and is part of his or her everyday life experiences, even before they go to school.

A healthy, happy, interested child who wants to explore, try things out, ask questions, talk to you, run, dance and play is the child who is prepared for mathematics at school. The ability to understand and appreciate mathematics and to think mathematically is a part of a normal, functioning brain. It is not a special gift.

It is therefore important that parents are aware of the basic needs and best conditions for brain development.

These include:

Physical and emotional safety – children need to feel safe.

Good nutrition.

Enough sleep.

Enough space to be able to move about freely.

Being in the company of adults so that the child can interact with them and observe the interaction between adults.