vulnerable to the shaping power of words.
They influence our emotional state, the
most important state for learning. Many
children’s lives have been blighted by a
thoughtless remark they have secretly carried with them all their lives. Everyone who
has authority over children should consider their words very carefully. We need to
be very careful what seeds we sow in our
But math is all about right or wrong,
right? Wrong! As French philosopher
Bachelard once said, “There are no first
truths, only errors.” It has been said Thom-
as Edison engaged in over one thousand
unsuccessful experiments before finally
inventing the electric light bulb. It is this
spirit of enquiry and persistence that is the
key to achieving anything worthwhile. Trial
and error is also important in math. This
is the most effective kind of learning, and
children will delight in the process.
Feed your child a diet of positive talk
about math. There are words we can use
to activate our child’s abilities. If we model
positive talk, our children will unconsciously copy it. Your child will reap the
emotional, physical and spiritual development as they learn math in a positive,
Editor’s Note: Philip Rowlands teaches
Hands-On Math Help with Cuisenaire Rods
Phil is a retired primary head teacher from
Wales (UK). Before retirement Phil was secretary of the Christian Teacher’s Association.
He now creates educational programs for
children and parents with the emphasis on
practical engagement through play. For more
information visit https://www.helpyourchild
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