Learning math in school can sometimes feel like a chore for many children, especially if they don’t understand when they will ever use it. Many students often wonder, “what is the point of math if you are not interested in a career as a mathematician?” Unfortunately, many educators overlook the importance of explaining how math is needed throughout life and relating it to real-world circumstances.
There is no denying that math is relevant to everything we do. But some students find learning math boring, too abstract, complex, or not creative enough. These reasons all add to why they may shy away from the subject. However, since math is a significant component of education, students need to understand and do well on their assigned work to get to the next grade and eventually graduate.
But, it isn’t just about getting a student to pass a test. By simply focusing on just getting by in math and passing tests, this surface level knowledge of math may work in the short term, but they will eventually encounter barriers. Your child could be extremely limited on not only post-secondary program choices but career choices.
The Many Benefits of Math
Math has many benefits that many people don’t even realize. It can help develop specific areas of the brain and improve analytical and reasoning skills. It can help students become more practical and be beneficial in everyday situations. In a scholastic sense, math is also one of the stepping stones into going into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) major.
Learning math skills at an early age can create a basic foundation for everything a child learns in the future. Research shows that the development of math skills is a better indicator of future success in reading and math than any other skill. A study from Stanford University recently determined that the brain goes through a physical change as it creates specific connections after repeated practice with math skills.
Math can help train the mind the same way sport trains the body. Many educators believe that learning the four pillars of math can help students think critically, helping them in their chosen career path. But, if one of those pillars is weak, it could significantly impact their future.
At Dropkick Math, we understand how important it is for students to have a solid foundation of learning in all four pillars of math. Our programs focus on number sense, operational sense, proportional reasoning and algebraic reasoning. We have worked with educators to recognize common areas of difficulty in mathematics that students have, and created programs to address each area.
Your child is currently developing the building blocks of all math they will be exposed to in their academic career. But, if all they have is memorized rules and procedures, they will falter at some point. A conceptual understanding of mathematics is crucial for their future. At Dropkick Math, we can help your child better understand the Four Pillars of Mathematics that can build confidence and understanding in math for years to come.
To help ensure your child is on track, have them take our Early Indicators Quiz to determine any gaps in understanding. If it does seem like a child is experiencing any gaps in learning, we can recommend a program that will target the missing knowledge.
Learn more about our programs and how they can help your child stay on track with their learning for their future.