The Maths Mum / Maths advice for parents
The Maths Mum® is Karen McGuigan. I am a friendly, straight forward mum and 18 months ago set out with the goal to bring ‘LOVE to MATHS’. It is a tough challenge in today’s market as maths has got a bit of a bad reputation amongst our generation.
“I just can’t help Thomas with his reading. Can you believe he’s only in Year 2 and it’s too difficult for me?!” – If you heard this at the school gate you would probably be quite shocked. However, substitute the word ‘reading’ with ‘maths’ and this statement becomes much more acceptable. “Maths scares me”, “I was never good at maths”, “I’m not surprised she struggles with maths – she takes after me” – all examples of statements I’ve heard at the school gates. And my personal favourite – “Maths is so different now, why did they make it so complicated?”
Each of these statements will come back to a parent who either isn’t confident in their own maths ability or a parent who is confident with their own ability but hasn’t taken the time to understand maths as it is today.
The Maths Mum® helps parents help their children succeed in maths by providing insight and guidance on how maths is taught today so that they can help their children positively and without confusing them. I cover all of the national curriculum to the end of primary school broken into three specific courses – KS1, Lower KS2 (Year 3 & 4) and Upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6). I follow government guidelines on content and take into account the various schemes of work that different schools follow.
Courses are run locally in Ashtead, Surrey weekdays during school hours and evenings after 7.30pm.
Bespoke courses covering multiple levels, specific topics, on a 1:1 basis or with special needs content can be scheduled on request. The Maths Mum® is also available to do coffee morning talks on maths anxiety, mental maths or specific topic tutorials for schools or home education groups.
Details of all courses, helpful hints & tips and free downloadable resources can be found on the website and social media pages.