This post is sponsored by Westpac, who is proud to offer Mathspace Essentials free for all Australians
How well do you think you could help your child with their Maths homework from Year 3 to Year 12? Honestly?
Are you familiar with the current curriculum? Do you know all their formulas and theories that they will use in their senior schooling? Do you know how to successfully show your child how to work out their problem step by step?
I don’t. I completed my HSC, studied 3 unit Math until Year 12 and have no learning difficulties. I do not know or remember enough maths to confidently help my children.
When Westpac approached me to take a look at Mathspace Essentials, an innovative online tool to help parents, students and teachers access the current Australian curriculum, free of charge, I was excited. I have a son in Year 4 and a son in Year 8. Both with different levels of Math knowledge and comprehension and you can read about it HERE in part 1 for an understanding of how we use Mathspace in our home.
What I didn’t know was just how many students are dropping maths in their senior schooling. The number of students who did not choose a Maths course has tripled in the last 10 years and research in NSW indicates that 75% of the fastest growing occupations require Maths and Science knowledge.
Now, I can almost hear you saying “My child hates maths. How is this newest tool going to help me and my child?” I have often found that my children hate doing something for two reasons. 1, because they think there is something better to do like play outside or watch tv OR 2, they don’t understand it and it’s hard. It’s much easier to give up something that is hard than admit that you need help or you are struggling. And if i’m honest, its the same for being a parent. If I can’t help my child and they appear to hate something, it is so much easier to say ‘Ok, don’t do it. Let’s do something else.’ We also don’t like to see our children struggling or feeling like they can’t keep up with their classmates or their workload. I don’t know your child or your situation but I know in our home, when we find solutions and everyone is calm, it becomes a much better space to learn.
Mathspace Essentials is accessible on any device. You can have it on your Laptop, PC, smart phone or tablet. It is free to download and use thanks to Westpac. You choose your child’s state and curriculum and let the application know if you are a parent, teacher or student. And that is it. You and your child then have everything at your fingertips. Interactive topics, terminology, worked examples, video tutorials by Australian Maths teachers, practice questions and feedback.
We have been using Mathspace in our home for months now and my children find it really easy to use. I have a lot more confidence when it comes to helping my children and it has taken a lot of the stress out of Math homework. If I am busy making dinner, I can tell my son to login and see if he can find what he is looking for. See how it is explained and watch another teacher show him exactly how to figure it out. He can watch the video 19 times if he needs to. He can ask for instant feedback on his steps of working out until he has the answer. We can sit down together and gain a better understanding.
My eldest son has always loved numbers. He understands Maths. But he isn’t a genius. He’s 13. He’s distracted, he’s hormonal, he’s occupied. He needs this tool for times when his brain needs a boost, a reminder, a lesson. My 10 year old doesn’t love Maths because he finds it much harder. He, if he had the option, would be a young man who would decide against choosing Maths in Year 11 and 12. I don’t want that to happen. I want to give him every opportunity to understand as much Maths as he can by Year 11 so he feels confident to take it on. I myself, like I said, need all the help I can get so when we are in the middle of these stressful homework and assessments scenarios, I can take a step back and utilise the information that Mathspace provides.
I’m not ashamed to say that I can’t do it all. As parents we have a never ending list of things to do. We have never ending guilt that we aren’t doing enough. I have found Mathspace to be a very helpful tool in allowing us parents to not feel like we are failing in helping our children with Maths but we can actually help them succeed at the same time.
I would love to know if you have introduced Mathspace Essentials into your home and how it is going for you and your children.
The Everyday Mums have been compensated for our work with Westpac for Mathspace. We only choose to take on sponsored work when we believe that it fits in with our audience. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.