# Homework Help - The Facts About Math

#### Polling Station

Have you ever heard your child say, "I'm not good at math"? Or "Math is hard"? You're not the first parent to hear this, and certainly won't be the last. But, how you respond to these statements can make or break your child's perception of math. Your job is to help make math as positive as possible.

Your feelings will have an impact on how your child thinks about math. Do you like math, or do you consider yourself good at it? If the answer is no, you could be coloring his or her perception of this very important subject.

Math is more critical than ever. Not only are "No Child Left Behind Act" standards demanding more math skills, but colleges are also expecting higher levels of math. Careers that placed little emphasis on math in the past are now adding math skills to requirements.

Math is more than counting! Everything involves math of some sort. It is present in different forms whenever we pick up the phone, travel somewhere, tell time or play a game. All subjects are linked with math including physics, statistics, chemistry and biology. It is used in architecture and designing, as well as in many forms of businesses.

So no matter what your child wants to do when he or she grows up, they will need to be proficient in math. Of course, not everything they learn in school will be needed later, but you never know what they will need, so the more math they know and have to build on, the better off you'll be.

If it isn't already, math will become very real to your child when he or she starts receiving an allowance or is paid to mow the neighbor's lawn. Then they'll be glad they did their math homework. So, do the math!

On a basic level your child needs to be able to count, add and subtract, sort and match. They will start to learn how to compare, do some simple fractions and estimate. Practice counting, comparing, adding and subtracting numbers with them.