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When you support and encourage your child to learn, your positive approach helps influence your child's success. Clikc on the link below to access resources that will assist you in helping your child at home.


Growth Mindset in Math

'Motivation is the most important factor in determining whether you succeed in the long run. What I mean by motivation is not only the desire to achieve, but also the love of learning, the love of challenge, and the ability to thrive on obstacles. These are the greatest gifts we can give our students.' (Dweck 2006) Growth Mindset Maths is an approach to teaching mathematics which believes that mindset is more important than initial ability in determining the progress made by pupils in their mathematical understanding. Pupils with a growth mindset will make better progress than pupils with a fixed mindset.

Students with a growth mindset:

  • Believe that talents can be developed and great abilities can be built over time
  • View mistakes as an opportunity to develop
  • Are resilient
  • Believe that effort creates success
  • Think about how they learn
Practising a Growth Mindset with your child will help them see themselves as good Mathematicians and will help to motivate them to face Mathematical challenges with confidence.
Other ways to help your child at home:

• Read to and with your child.
• Help your child pick out interesting and appropriate books to read.
• Discuss stories and television programs.
• Talk about writing and spelling when you make lists, take phone messages, or write postcards or letters. Leave notes and make lists for your child.
• Provide opportunities for your child to write (birthday cards, postcards to relatives or friends, diaries, and notes).
• Accept and encourage their attempts to spell new words.
• Take time to discuss school work and the school day with your child.
• Create good routines for doing homework. Set a regular time and find a quiet and organized corner in your home.
• Try to connect math and reading to real life experiences. (For example, read and prepare a recipe or take your child shopping and compare prices.)
• Play games such as cribbage or scrabble to support your child’s learning.
• Choose board or computer games that involve math, reading, or problem solving skills.
• Praise all things that are done well.
• Visit public and school libraries together.
• If there has been little or no homework assigned, parents can have their child read orally to them, review notes, or practise basic mathematical skills.