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Be a Confident Maths Teacher
by Margaret Etherton and Beverley Paine
from Learning Maths Naturally, a Practical Homeschooling Series booklet
Parents are not unusual if they feel inadequate in Maths and many may not feel equal to the challenge to teach their own children. If their "phobia" comes to the surface they may be worried that they will infect their children with similar feelings.
The first thing you can do is please don't let your children hear you say I hated Maths even if you did hate it! Should your child be disadvantaged just because your teacher was just like a prison warden? Talk about the positive aspects of maths that you use in every day life. Look for the areas of expertise you have - you may not like calculus but you are a whiz at mental arithmetic; or you can find your way home no matter where you are; or you can't find your way home but you read a street directory; you can calculate change quickly; you are able to knit a jumper or sew and make creative patterns; you can estimate weights accurately when you are buying fruit; or you can use a computer efficiently. These are all mathematical related activities.
Thomas, 'doodling', playing around with measurement, age 6
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Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.
Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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