Research consistently shows that children who live in homes where parents nurture a positive attitude and support their child’s efforts are most likely to be confident and competent learners.
Parents’ most significant influence arises from their ability to create a positive mindset about mathematics. They do this by believing in their child’s ability to learn and succeed and by teaching them to embrace mathematical activities as opportunities for growth. Simple activities, such as incorporating math language and reasoning in routine communication with children, builds important problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
The learning opportunity suggestions in this guide will help parents of children in Grades 1-8 build mathematically rich environments in their home and through their everyday activities. The activities are consistent with the expectations in the Ontario mathematics curriculum and are distributed among the five strands of mathematics:
- Number Sense and Numeration;
- Geometry and Spatial Sense;
- Patterning and Algebra;
- and Data Management and Probability.