– In recent years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become a key focus in education. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, more than 9 million STEM jobs will be created between 2012 and 2022, a compelling reason to prepare our students for careers in those fields. This leads to a bigger question: how to make children understand the relevance of math? The first step is to include – from the early years – mathematics in everyday life, as many parents have taken the good habit of doing with reading.

– Here are 5 ideas about what to do at home to help children think numerically:

  1. Playing games: All kinds of games can help children to improve their math, concentration and self-control skills.

  2. Shopping: There are plenty of opportunities to do math at the supermarket.

  3. Baking: Making cookies involves many mathematical operations.

  4. Building things: Young people need to understand practically the relevance of math in matter of construction.

  5. Finance: Daily practice with money helps children to grow into financially savvy adults.


Kids measure ingredients - Photo Steiner Wolfgang -Shutterstock

Kids measure ingredients (Photo: Steiner Wolfgang/Shutterstock)