Tammy Brennan’s daughter Pebble was diagnosed with dyscalculia (like dyslexia, only with numbers) and she wasn’t getting the support she needed in the clasroom. By the time Pebble was nine Tammy decided she would be better off taught by her mother than at the local primary school. Not only did she quit her full time job, the single mum rearranged her life to make sure Pebble was given the best chance to succeed.
Certainly when you are actually good at it. There is no shame in being good at math and it is better to encourage your children to work their best instead of trying to bond with them, complaining about math.
Math anxiety gets developed when teachers or parents talk bad about math in general or talk how bad they are at math themselves. Let’s try to avoid it and help our students tackle the problems with confidence and knowing the getting it wrong only means you’ll learn something new.
The need for children to play has been observed across cultures and not just by educationalists. All mammals play and the more they have to develop and learn, the longer they spend playing. So, herbivores play for a shorter time than carnivores, who in turn play for a shorter time that primates and, as the most sophisticated primates, human beings play for longer than any other species on the planet. It’s this connection between play and learning that we forget at our peril. Adults of other species do not stop their youngsters playing — they know that is where important life skills are learned!