Math and My Children

Math and My Children

My oldest son is only in kindergarten, but I already teaching him the basics of math. He can do adding and subtracting in his head and every time I teach him a new trick whether its easy ways to remember how to count over 100 of that pesky thing called Algebra, I am incredibly proud of him.

 

When I was a kid, math was always difficult for me. I didn't have a natural ability and neither of my parents knew much more about math beyond multiplication and division. I was pretty much on my own to learn geometry, trigonometry and algebra.

 

This was part of the reason I worked so hard learn math because I didn't want my children to have to learn the same way I did. The good news is that I can take my children all the way through advanced calculus, I am sure it will all come back to me, but I don't want to pressure or push them.

 

It's too easy to push children these days and make it so they don't want to learn it. My son has a natural knack for math and I want to feed that. He's is genuinely interested in numbers and I will do whatever I can to nurture this gift. I have no problem teaching him concepts that are beyond his grade level if he wants to learn it, but I will stop short of becoming a domineering father. If my son wants to be a scientist or mathematician, then great. If not, then that's OK too.