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Helping
your
Child
go
from
a
B
to
an
A
in
Math


By Kim Ledger-Langen, B.A., B.Sc.(Hons), B.Ed CEO and Co-founder of Spirit of Math Schools For over twenty years Kim has been working in education both as a teacher and as the Head of Academics in public and private schools. Her passion for making very high quality programs available to students led her to develop the Spirit of Math afterschool program and write books that help to address the needs of high performing students in the classroom and at home.

Are we doing all we can to help maximize our children’s learning potential? If
your child is getting a B in math but you know they can do better, simple changes in study habits and the at-home learning environment can help them reach their personal best. This free report provided by Spirit of Math Schools Inc. covers some of the strategies for laying the foundations for productive at-home learning that will help your child go from a B to an A (or even an A+!) in math. By applying these strategies to your daily routine, your child will learn how to: 1. Make decisions quickly and easily. 2. Learn new material rapidly, accurately and with a minimum of effort. 3. Become more creative with solutions to problems. 4. Work with others and communicate their ideas effectively.

Strategies
that
Work
for
Your
High‐Potential
Student

If you’re reading this report, you are already taking an active interest in your children’s education, which is proven to be the most important factor in their success – so congratulations! As parents, you strive to do the things that will help your children be the best they can be. You know it will mean extra time and energy for you, but you don’t mind because, in the long run, what’s important is that your children develop to their full potential. Without a doubt, a B is a good math mark, but why not aim for that A+? The strategies in this report will help you create a supportive at-home learning environment for mathematics. Put them into action and you can help your highpotential child take their math skills to the next level.

1. Encourage
 your
 child
 to
 strive
 for
 excellence. Work with your child to
raise the standard and go beyond just finishing their homework. Make it a practice to complete all assignments prior to the due date and hand them in to the teacher to review. This teaches time management skills, allows for corrections before submitting final work, and makes sure your child
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to name a few.com 
 . Enrolling your kids in lively math competitions or social study groups are all great ways to make math an everyday activity.kids know that this is dishonest and insulting. and parent association. Whether your child is excelling or struggling in math. Parents can turn this into a game at home by using a timer to track results. Create a daily family routine for “homework” time. • During car trips. Make
math
an
everyday
activity. Seek out fun books and music about math. memorizing prime numbers and perfect squares and at working through math problems. 3. Try having a problem a day as part of a healthy breakfast. 1-866-SMS-MATH www. Your child will feel motivated and proud as they see their times improve. Practice is all it takes to become faster at calculation. but by doing so. In an exam situation. Parents can help their children with number facts by finding fun and rewarding ways to practice outside the classroom. students catch small errors that add up to lost marks. Work
with
your
child
to
increase
speed. This may seem extreme.fully understands the concept before moving on to the next level of difficulty. Get
involved
with
your
child’s
education. and reinforce children’s learning by finding educational leisure activities to do together. They will question why they have to continually repeat something when they Copyright ©2009 Spirit of Math® Schools Inc. Look
for
non‐repetitive
work. High achieving kids are stimulated by more thoughtful curriculum and quickly get bored by repetitive work. Spirit of Math Schools encourages their students to increase their speed to be able to complete the test two times during the allotted exam period. be able to quickly calculate equations without a calculator. Make an effort to have regular communication with the school principal. and better identify errors in number patterns. Work through drill exercises or challenging math logic questions together at home. teacher. 2. improving their speed is a quick way to see grades improve. Taking an active interest in your children’s progress also allows you to take immediate action if any challenges should arise.spiritofmath. If your child has a solid understanding of number facts they will have the foundation needed to solve more complex problems. 6. make a game out of knowing multiplication facts or see who can be the first to spot a license plate with digits that sum to 20. Challenge
your
child
in
a
way
that
will
make
them
understand
that
they
 are
 truly
 exceptional! Don't try to protect them from failure . • • • • 4. 5.

they can take the opportunity to learn from it and strive to do better in the next competition. Look online or call Spirit of Math to find out about appropriate competitions for your child. eat your vegetables. Even if they don’t do well. Even their intonations will mimic you.spiritofmath. if you show that you enjoy a good math challenge. 10. These are the types of activities that get children to think creatively and become better problem solvers. but our children mimic our behaviour. If your child is struggling with a problem. your child probably will too. we subject our children to a barrage of instructions for proper behaviour: say “please” and “thank-you”. The
 next
 step:
 Finding
 the
 right
 enriched
 math
 program
 for
 your
 high
 performing
child. and allow kids to get through much more material than they could alone. they get to celebrate their achievements and feel good about the hard work they’ve put in. they do their best and then find out how they’ve done compared to others. Explore
how
much
of
a
challenge
your
child
is
able
to
accept. But be careful: if you want to change even the little habits that your children have developed. and they appreciate competition. but enrolling them in the right Copyright ©2009 Spirit of Math® Schools Inc. Textbooks that contain repetitive types of questions and projects requiring a lot of “busy work” will only frustrate them. As parents. Give
them
a
way
to
measure
their
achievements
 High performing children need some way to measure their achievements. Group discussions will help develop ideas. If they do well. discuss what the question is asking and probe until your child comes to a conclusion. the way you express yourself. Similarly. don’t hunch. Debate possible solutions and have him defend or explain his reasoning (whether or not it is correct). 1-866-SMS-MATH www. We all have the innate desire to be challenged. Conquering a good challenge delights us. Don’t be scared to challenge them. A variety of math competitions are available to students in elementary and high school. Here’s a test: How do you answer the phone? Listen to your children. this is a great opportunity to model perseverance and problem-solving techniques! 8. etc. Discuss
math
problems. use your indoor voice. rather than giving him the answer or even telling him how to find it. first take a good look at yourself. We may not realize it. 9.already know it.com 
 . The way you stand.
 Incorporating the steps above into your daily routine is a great start to helping your child develop to their full potential in math. Writing a math competition is like running a race: students practice and prepare and on the big day. the way you handle problems and the way you react to different situations will have a big influence on how your children act. Mimicking. 7. Don’t be afraid to work on a problem that you don’t know how to solve yourself.

Is the content combined with solid teaching techniques. but discussing your child’s schooling with an education expert may offer some insight. The problem is that their courses are often based on individual. Do they exemplify a person who you would want as a role model for your son or daughter? 3. Does the content consist of high quality problems. 1. where the teacher has been specifically trained to get students to think differently? Each year we get many questions from parents who are seeking help in making the best decisions regarding their child’s education. Ask the following questions: a. then don’t hesitate to ask. supported with a comprehensive program that teaches kids the fundamental skills? 5. However. 4. finding the right class can be tricky. presenting their solutions and working with their peers to achieve and overall goal. that the opportunity to discuss problems with others is essential to coming up with new ideas. Look at the people who will be working with your child.com . Who created it and how was it created? c. As Nima Arkani-Hamed. students must have material that challenges their thinking in such a way that they know they must discuss the material with others in order to fully understand it. Ask to see some of the curriculum.com 
 Copyright ©2009 Spirit of Math® Schools Inc.spiritofmath. one of the world’s leading physicists and a former Spirit of Math student said. Do they have a proven record? b. If you have any questions about your son or daughter’s future. Don’t get caught up with the “in thing” as it might not be right for your son or daughter. repetitive work and do not address the real needs of high-performing children. Use these tips to help you find the right program for your child. Who is teaching it? What is the training required for the teachers? 2. To reach the top of the nation. One-on-one tutoring cannot produce the same results. 1-866-SMS-MATH www. Many after-school math programs focus primarily on tutoring and have added an “advanced” course. Become knowledgeable about what educational programs are available and how they have been developed.math enrichment program can take them from the top of the class to the top of the nation. as students miss out on the many benefits gained from discussing creative problem solving. Contact us at (416) 223-1985 or info@spiritofmath. No one has all the answers.