# How can I develop my math skills

## This is how parents promote mathematical understanding

### How Children Realize the Need for Math

Let's stay with the example of mathematics. In order for a child to develop a mathematical understanding, on the one hand they need an idea of ​​what numbers and quantities mean. It has to experience that behind every number there is a concrete, perceptible amount. A toddler has the experience of stacking building blocks, for example: the more blocks he puts on top of each other, the higher his tower becomes. The one year old in the bathtub, who pours water from one cup into another, experiences that the cup becomes fuller the more water is poured into it. At some point the water will even overflow if more and more comes up.

The older children get, the more they recognize these relationships and can use the knowledge they draw from them in a targeted manner and use them for themselves. For example, when two friends want to find out who has collected more cars. Or when the sister should share a pack of gummy bears with the brother fairly. "Children experience that mathematics has to do with questions that preoccupy them, and not with just practicing numbers. It helps them solve problems," explains Annette Schmitt. This relation to the reality of life makes mathematics understandable as an abstract science for a child. Incidentally, this also applies to all other competencies that have to do with school: As soon as a child realizes what it can actually do with it, it also realizes the need to deal with it.

### Recognize and support interests

In principle, parents can sit back and relax, because they don't have to arouse their children's interest in mathematical things. The little ones want to discover the world with all their senses right from the start, and they approach the unknown with curiosity. In addition, everything that the big guys do is interesting for them per se. Nevertheless, parents should observe the offspring, recognize their current interests and get seriously involved.

Is the four-year-old trying to see how far he can count? Then he could set the table for lunch or put six apples in the basket the next time he went shopping. If he is interested in how heavy something is and how large certain quantities are, he could weigh flour and sugar when baking a cake. If it doesn't work out alone, parents can give the little ones a helping hand. "Children like to help. Parents should use that, even if it then maybe takes longer to get things done," says Annette Schmitt. Because they learn complex relationships through simple activities. Another big advantage: You don't need to spend additional time on special maths support.