## News from the world of maths: Maths for mums and dads

Submitted by plusadmin on January 12, 2010### Maths for mums and dads

In a survey published last week 79% of parents revealed that maths homework frequently leads to conflict and arguments in the household, and a third of those surveyed admitted that they avoid helping their children with their maths homework. Over 40% of parents proved unable to work out the answer to a question that a 10-year-old might be expected to solve in a national test. (Alex thinks of a
number. He adds half of the number to a quarter of the number. The result is 60. What was the number Alex first thought of?) What's more, over 50% admitted to not being able to teach their kids basic maths techniques used in primary school, including *division by chunking*, *the grid method*, or *number bonds*?.

The survey questioned a random sample of 1000 parents who have children aged 6 -11 years. It was commissioned by Random House Group to coincide with the publication of a new book by *Plus* author Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew. *Maths for Mums and Dads* is designed to
help parents come to grips with the techniques children are now taught at school and to give parents an insight into why children make mistakes. Look out for a review in the next issue of *Plus* or buy now from Amazon.

*posted by Plus @ 3:40 PM*