How To Make Maths Fun For Your Child

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Maths! You either love it or you hate it, but you can’t live without it. Most children, like their parents when they were kids, see Maths as their enemy. Maths is the one subject that evokes emotions ranging from dislike, to fear in children. The fear of the subject has been one of the major causes of anxiety in students, and it stops them from studying tougher subjects that involve maths.Unfortunately, a bad score in mathematics affects the rest of the subject grades too. Child psychologists have determined that a child’s confidence level fall if they’re not getting good grades in maths. Thus, their overall score starts falling.

Maths anxiety is a type of fear; a fear that isn’t impossible to be conquered. So, how can parents help their children with a subject that still gives them nightmares? Here are a few steps that will help your child face his fear of numbers:–

1. Ignore mathematical myths. There is no such thing as a mathematical brain. It’s true that there are different brain types, but that simply means we all have different approaches to problem-solving. Everyone has a different way to deal with problems, but that doesn’t mean your child’s way is wrong. Give them time.

2. Motivate them. Your child may come to you one day and say “I will never be able to understand Maths”. Don’t let them believe that. Simply encouraging them to think positively can help improve Maths scores.

3. Ignore the myths. It’s believed that good mathematical ability means higher levels of intelligence. In reality, Maths isn’t only for the brightest students and there’s no one gender that’s better at the subject. We need to get past these timeworn ideas.

4. Don’t transfer your fear/anxiety to your child. Some parents unintentionally put their own personal fear of Maths in their children. Focus on using positive language when talking about the subject with your child.

5. Make it entertaining. There are many ways to get your child excited about Maths. You could get him/her Maths related computer games or introduce them to educational TV shows that teach basic Maths. There are many books, video games, and websites that can help your child learn in an engaging way.

6. Incorporate it in their day-to-day lives. Ask your child to help you with the house budget. Ask for their help when shopping. Integrate Maths in activities your child enjoys. If your child likes candy then use that to teach them arithmetic.

7. Make it a game. Play games with your children that require Maths. There are many digital or non-digital games that use Maths. Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Lego, Blocks etc. are fun games you can play with the family. Challenge them. Ask them how quickly they can calculate something. When they start doing easy sums fast, increase the level of difficulty. For e.g. Ask them to calculate the amount of time to reach a particular destination at a certain speed. Sudoku is probably the most effective game to play to improve mathematical ability.

8. Practice. It cannot be stressed enough. Maths requires a lot of practice. Make them spend a minimum of 30 minutes on the subject daily. Use exercise books that have fun logic questions.

9. Get help if they need it. If your child is struggling a lot, get them a tuition teacher. The extra help will always come in handy. Make sure the teacher is making your child comfortable with the subject.

It’s important that your child doesn’t give up on Maths. Tell them about the many applications of Maths in various careers, and how it will help them no matter what path they choose in life. To help students with Maths, we at Pearson Schools make use of a special program called the ‘Maths Navigator’. The ‘Maths Navigator’ helps improve the conceptual understanding of the subject by means of commonly available material around us, providing students a better understanding of the subject through unique techniques. We have noted that this leads to improved interest and participation in the learning process.

Your child just needs a little push from you, but don’t put too much pressure on them. Following the aforementioned steps for a hands-on learning experience propels kids to think divergently as well as understand and solve mathematical problems from an early age. Positive reinforcement is very important to encourage them. And before you know it, they’ll soon get over their fear of Mathematics! 🙂

Pearson Schools Ranked 1st & 2nd amongst Top Schools In India

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In a recent survey, conducted by EducationWorld, 8 of our Pearson Schools were ranked 1st and 2nd in various cities across India. EducationWorld has been publishing the “Annual EducationWorld India School Rankings” with C fore (the well-known Delhi-based market research and opinion polls agency) for six years.

Schools were judged on academic reputation, faculty competence, leadership quality, sports education, etc. Our schools ranked high in not one, but each of these parameters!

Pearson Schools were ranked out of 1000 of India’s most high-profile schools, on 14 parameters- academic reputation, faculty competence, leadership quality, sports education, etc. Our schools ranked high in each of these parameters. We are a young family that has already left a mark on the country. This survey has also helped us improve the quality of education.

Pearson in India brings a wide range of leading products and services to the Indian education system and has changed the way we see education in the country. We are committed to bring enabled learning in India.

Pearson Schools seek to provide the best of academic standards with international teaching methodology, qualified and trained teaching staff and multimedia-based interactive content, creating a learning environment that is innovative, challenging and enterprising.

Here’s a detailed look at the rankings:
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Reading For Growth. Reading For You.

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“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” -Anonymous

When the times are changing, we learn, we adapt, we evolve. The transition inevitably brings in change; sometimes welcome, sometimes not. What matters is clinging on to enough passion and spirit to make oneself a reasoned and respected individual. “Reading is food for the mind.” This concise yet thoughtfully precise statement sums up the qualitative growth that the eagerness to learn adds to your character. There are numerous positives that one can reap out of engulfing yourself in the need to read. Here are a few fruitful and sometimes unnoticed benefits:

  • Sharpened memorising and retaining skills, concentration and focus.
  • Better understanding of cultures, societies and places. Thus knowledge of various races, customs and traditions.
  • Researchers have pointed to a drastic drop of nearly 68% in stress levels.
  • Improved discipline and self-esteem.
  • A stronger vocabulary and well versed personality.
  • Promote creativity, reasoning and open-mindedness.

Having the power to enter the domain of another man’s(authors) imagination kindles an active mental process. It opens doors to an unending horizon of thoughts, ideas, perspectives and insights. Entering another world of new and unknown possibilities boosts the yearning to become a better being.

Teachers: Our Endless Source of Inspiration

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“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” – Khalil Gibran

Schools, educational institutions reflect the attitudes, beliefs and health of the communities they serve. And teachers are the health inspectors; they guide, encourage and cure the society by infusing various important virtues which last a lifetime. To start with, here’s how our imparters of knowledge touched our lives in a few ways;

Confidence – A young mind is like clay, soft and impressionable. Moulding it by instilling characteristics of self-worth and confidence is of utmost importance. Making a kid feel comfortable in his/her own skin is the baby step to the long walk that follows in the journey of the making of a strong headed personality.

Empathy – Many teachers have an impact on their pupils like no one ever, as they are the first ones who kids look upto because they’re supposed to “teach”. It’s as if they walk into our heads and switch the lights on. Knowingly or unknowingly they touch our lives in a way that gives us something which is a part of the rest our lives.

Growth and Progression – Using gentle, insightful and positive techniques as tools to encourage adolescent minds to reach the next level of personal, professional and intellectual growth, thus laying the foundation of a strong structure for the times ahead. Leading by example, they can mesmerise the young ones by getting them to dream and imagine the endless opportunities the world has to offer.

Uniqueness – Undertaking unconventional techniques of imparting knowledge many teachers push us to be iconoclast. Their own scrupulous ways tend to leave a dent on those, who even at a young age, find arts and creativity a way of life. What follows is innovations and creations galore.

Humility Pays, Humility Prevails – Lucky are those who get taught, mentored, advised and befriended by the same individual who they look upto in times of need. Their passion, dedication and infectious enthusiasm gives birth to guilt in the minds of those who find themselves not working hard enough or co-operating.

Open up the treasure boxes of your yesteryears and share your love and compassion for the ones who lead you on to what you are or showed you the paths to wisdom.

What is the sum of all human knowledge?

Is it even possible to accurately answer that question?

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Since their launch in 1724, Pearson has aspired to build and curate human knowledge with their publications. Today, Pearson has over 40 publishing imprints. But we are far from the finish line. At Pearson, we believe learning is not limited to publishing books anymore. We recognise, it is time to take longer and faster strides in the digital space.

With our presence on WordPress, we want to ignite the spark for learning in people. As always, Pearson is committed to helping people throughout the world— one learner, one reader, one business leader at a time.