# Math Strategies Parents Can Use to Help Their Kids

By Deb Killion

If you have ever wondered how to help your kids succeed in math but don't know where to start, this is the article for you. Learn some practical applications you can share with your children to help them now and throughout their school years.

One problem is that there are so many new ways to do math these days. New legislation is being passed down regarding what kids are required to know at different levels. A number of new ideas continue to promulgate themselves in educational settings.

However, you can use a number of practical strategies at home to help enforce important math skills.

Millions of mistakes in math computation and applications are made by students at the first step, which is reading the problem. When it comes to problem solving or word problems in math, there is no easy way to the right answer. It has become more acceptable to do the math in any way that the student feels comfortable. This gives you some leeway when showing children what they can do to arrive at the right answers.

The key is to make sure they understand the problem first and separate the information that they know from what they don't know to solve the problem. Careful reading of both the problem and directions often solves this issue at the front end. This avoids the issue of continually having to redo the problem, which wastes valuable time with homework and standardized tests.

NASA has a rule that three people must check anyone’s work before it is submitted to the facility for use with space shuttle flights. While this is not always practical in the classroom, students can do this at home, asking their parents, siblings or other adults to check their work before they submit it. In addition, students can learn the importance of double- and triple-checking their own work to ensure that it is correct. If they get in this habit, this will save them a lot of time and hassle in the end.

## Stop and Think Before Solving

Another key strategy you can work on with your child at home is to stop and think before starting the process of solving a problem. Explain to them that just an extra 5 to 15 seconds of thought about what steps they should take on activities, homework and tests can save them from having to redo problems.

## Rehearse Essential Math Rules Often

Essential math rules are the law and order that make math work in the real world and on paper. Have kids recite important math rules in algebra, geometry and even basic math regularly. This will help them become more familiar with the essential rules and recall them more easily when needed.