Helping your child with maths

This post is sponsored by Westpac, who is proud to offer Mathspace Essentials free for all Australians

It can be daunting as a parent trying to help your kids with their homework. For me, mathematics is one subject that I still struggle to understand. They teach multiplication to the kids differently to the way I learnt when I was at school. I still can’t wrap my head around algebra and most recently, my twins (in year 9) had an assignment where they had to design a backyard with particular elements and had to work out the volume of a pool and area of mulch they needed for a garden. However, their pool couldn’t be rectangular (cause that’s too easy), it had to be a trapezoid…. I had to google it.  Long story short, I wasn’t much help at all and haven’t been since grade 3!

It can be daunting as a parent trying to help your kids with their homework. It can be incredibly disheartening looking at their homework and feeling incapable. Here is how you can help your kid with their mathematics!

Fun fact, I’m not the only parent struggling with maths. Westpac’s 2017 numeracy study tells us that 25 percent of Australian parents are not comfortable helping a child complete maths at a high school level. It can be incredibly disheartening looking at their homework and feeling incapable. I would hate to think that I am hindering their learning and recent research has indicated that 49% of parents are concerned their math skills will have a negative impact on their children.

I have just learnt about Mathspace. It is so impressive! This digital program makes it possible for you to help your kids with their maths homework without having to learn and know the elements yourself. Mathspace is renowned worldwide and has won numerous awards in Australia, the UK and the US.

Mathematics is an integral part of life. Another fun fact which I wasn’t aware of, approximately 75% of the fastest growing occupations require STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) (PWC Report), that is a huge amount! As well as career-wise, financial literacy is a crucial component for the wellbeing and livelihood of Australians. Being financially literate means that your child is able to make wiser financial decisions and are more capable of maintaining and achieving their financial goals.

It can be daunting as a parent trying to help your kids with their homework. It can be incredibly disheartening looking at their homework and feeling incapable. Here is how you can help your kid with their mathematics!

Kids grow up so fast (mine are all heads above me!) and it’s important that they are learning the correct content so that they are well equipped for their future. Mathematics is one of those general life skills, like literacy and cooking, that is needed in everyday life. That’s why it’s crucial for kids to understand fundamental mathematics and numeracy. The benefits of numeric literacy are that they are able to make better decisions in regards to finance, calculate general mathematical problems on an everyday basis and use it in their chosen career path.

The purpose of Mathspace is to create a paperless Mathematics textbook that is suitable for the generation living in the digital age – our kids!  I’ve created accounts for each of my kids and they have been practising Algebra, Multiplication, Factors, Mental Calculations and more….. which are all beyond me. The kids have found the lessons easy to follow and the guidance and breakdown of steps really helpful. My Miss 13 says “especially having little hints when they are having trouble with the answer”.

It can be daunting as a parent trying to help your kids with their homework. It can be incredibly disheartening looking at their homework and feeling incapable. Here is how you can help your kid with their mathematics!

Westpac kindly sponsors Mathspace Essentials so that all Australians are able to receive free and unlimited access to the interactive eBook. The digital workbook includes 15,000+ questions, lessons, videos and applets covering both primary and secondary modules. Students can learn by visualising mathematical concepts in an interactive way. It gives users the ability to write their working step-by-step and receive instant and guided feedback, hints and tips.

It can be daunting as a parent trying to help your kids with their homework. It can be incredibly disheartening looking at their homework and feeling incapable. Here is how you can help your kid with their mathematics!

Mathspace Essentials is accessible online on any device. All you need to do to sign up is have internet access, provide an email address and choose a password. It’s as simple as that!

  1. Sign up here.
  2. Create your FREE account
  3. Select your state or territory (this is great as it focuses on what your child is learning)
  4. Select the curriculum for your child to use
  5. Start! It’s that simple.

This video shows how Mathspace works.

My kids have 3 weeks of school holidays coming up.  I want my kids to rest over the holidays, but I also like them to do chores, read and these holidays I will be adding that they need to complete at least 30 minutes of Mathspace before any screen time.

How do you go with teaching your kids maths?

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7 comments

Christine August 8, 2017 - 3:37 PM

your funny Kat, I love that you can admit to not knowing high school maths, it too is way beyond me, my eldest is in Year 10, wish I new this sooner.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 10, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Haha, I’m glad we’re in the same boat Christine! It’s been so helpful for our family

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Natalie August 9, 2017 - 10:43 AM

Just what we need after discovering our child is lack some of the fundamental basics and now struggling in high school . I am going to check out this maths resource and see if it helps.

Find so many of your tips so helpful. Been following you from your early days. Love you and love that the products you use I can find as I am located in Australia. Keep doing an amazing job.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 10, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Let me know how it goes for you, Natalie. Thanks for being a loyal follower! I really appreciate it ??

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Kelly Timmer August 21, 2017 - 9:29 AM

Thanks for the tip Kat. I struggle to get my 10 year old doing any type of homework even now – Cant wait till high school. NOT! Maths is one tricky subject for me too. As you say, all the terminology has changed. Even the simplest of sums becomes so confusing then. My daughters school uses another program, but she doesn’t use it very much. We are very lucky that her teacher from grade 2 has offered to tutor her for an hour after school one day per week. That definitely helps, and my daughter enjoys it. I am going to check it out this app for sure. Have a great day!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 21, 2017 - 11:56 AM

That’s great to hear, Thank you Kelly.
Hope it helps you both ?

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Yvonne August 21, 2017 - 10:03 AM

I hear you as it has been even longer doing high school math. Our granddaughter is in maths extension sometimes I wonder if she should do standard maths getting straight “a”s instead of getting b or c. I will check this out as things have certainly changed in the way they do subjects now, the working and setting out. Thanks Kat

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