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06/04/2019
It’s a common thought among children that the lessons learned during their math class will never be applied to their life once they leave school.

It’s fair to say that, at some point in every parent’s educational path, they questioned whether their math lessons would be useful in their adult life. Of course, now as adults, you know that math is not only relevant to your everyday life, but actually beneficial to it.

Teaching the Relevance of Math

If you are struggling to demonstrate to your student just how applicable math will be to their adult life, below is an article from The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen NJ with two great activities which can help. While you may take it for granted, reading and reviewing your utility and service bills to make sure they are accurate involves a good amount of math and can be used as a great teaching platform for your children. Make some time to sit down with your children, enjoy a snack, and show them how you ensure your bills are accurate, asking them to calculate items like:
  • Identify the times of the day your property uses the most service.
  • Calculate any differences between rates charged for different periods throughout the day.
  • Can they find any ways to reduce the bills?
  • Are discounts being correctly applied?
  • If any additional money was paid last month, is it accounted for in this invoice?
  • Using this bill along with previous periods, calculate an estimate of the next cycle’s bill.
Practical lessons are great for teaching children subjects they otherwise may not enjoy because it shows the direct relevance of the lesson to daily life. In this activity, children can not only learn important calculations but see that their math can help the family and reduce costs. Activities like the ones in this article are great because they are taught practically and give parents an opportunity to identify any potential learning challenges their children may be facing, allowing them to address these early. If your child struggles with the math being taught, book your free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen NJ by calling (732) 705-3636 and find out how tutoring in Aberdeen NJ can help your child improve their grades and overcome challenges.

Budget Introduction

Keeping with the theme of practical lessons, this next activity involves introducing your children to the math you use when creating your shopping list and associated budget. When you are ready to prepare the next budget, bring out some more snacks, and invite your children to join and help you with the activity while you teach a few lessons:
  • Show the benefits of starting at the total amount and deducting down to zero.
  • Share the calculations you use when checking the benefits of a bulk item.
  • Teach any considerations you use when ensuring a sale item will be valuable.
  • If you already have items in the kitchen, ask your children to measure and calculate how much extra is required.
Once you have the budget and list ready, take your children with you to the supermarket and give them control over the list and checking the budget as you add items to your shopping cart. Giving your children control of the list and budget while you shop helps to reinforce the relevance of the lesson and teaches your children just how relevant and beneficial the math they learned and used is during an adult’s everyday task. If you are looking to take this lesson even further and you are comfortable sharing more of your household finances with your children, include them when calculating items like the benefits of interest-free credit periods or promotional deals which you may be taking advantage of. If you would prefer not to share this level of information, simply use the budget you already have and adjust the figures so that they represent a realistic estimate.

One-to-One Tutoring in Aberdeen, NJ Can Help

If your child struggles to learn the lessons you are teaching them or you are concerned about them falling behind their classmates, tutoring in Aberdeen, NJ can help. To find out more, speak with a professional tutor at The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen NJ by calling (732) 705-3636 and book your free initial diagnostic assessment. During your first visit, you and your child can ask a professional tutor any questions you have about the benefits of one-to-one tutoring in Aberdeen NJ and how tutoring in Aberdeen NJ can help your child to improve their grades.

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