Published at Friday, 10 May 2019. math worksheet. By Adrianna Giraud.
“If you’re not as confident about math, or you had some difficulty in that growing up, then trying to pass along that knowledge to kids can be really anxiety-provoking,” acknowledges Dr. Pagirsky. Still, you are probably better at math than you realize because our everyday lives require a lot of math reasoning. So give yourself some credit, and think about ways that you can introduce math concepts to children in a fun and accessible way.
Because math anxiety affects many people and is related to poor math skills, it is important to understand when and how math anxiety first appears, what is happening in the brain when people are feeling anxious about math, and how to best help people with math anxiety.
Many parents can easily read a book to a 3-year-old, but how about engaging a preschooler in math activities? Current research shows that fostering math skills at a young age is as important as the ability to read. Children with a strong foundation of math skills in early years perform better across all subject areas, including reading. In fact, reading and math capabilities are closely linked partners in academic achievement and improved cognition later in life.
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