Maths, whether we love it or hate it, is a fundamental part of everyday life. It’s a global language. It underpins many essential life skills and yet can also be the key to many of life’s biggest questions. For something so indispensable we should seek to master it, but more importantly have fun with it – from an early age. I believe that maths can and should be enjoyed by anyone and everyone!
Improving confidence in maths is the main reason that children attend Explore Learning. Many children that I have met over the years first start out by looking at a sum or approaching a maths problem and very quickly say "I can’t do it". I always say in response "You can’t do it YET" and we slowly break down the problem until we have a "light bulb" moment.
Those moments of realisation, where something falls into place; where the answer to the problem suddenly becomes clear are so exciting. The magic that a child feels at that moment is incredibly powerful and it’s contagious. We just need to support them to get through the "brain ache" to get to that point.
Too often the children I meet see maths about getting to the answer as quickly as possible and if it’s not immediately apparent switching off. We need to encourage our children to enjoy the journey of discovery. Making mistakes is an essential part of learning; especially in maths. Encourage your children to give it a go and if it doesn’t work - try, try again.
Explore Learning is an award-winning English and maths tuition company with 144 centres located all over the country. Over 35,000 children aged four to 14 attend their centres each week and, over the course of the last 18 years, have helped over 250,000 children. Explore Learning’s aim is to help every child reach their full potential and get the best results they can, developing a generation of fearless learners.