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The Importance of Math
Young children often don't understand why they need to learn math. This article may serve as a guide to help parents explain why mathematics is a such an important part of their child's education. When children understand how useful math can be to them and how they can apply specific math skills to real-life situations, they may work harder and perform better. 
Teach your Child About Everyday Math
Examples of everyday uses of math include:
  • Problem solving
  • Budgeting money
  • Time management
  • Calculating tips and tax
  • Memorizing phone numbers and locker combinations
  • Estimating distances or weight
Teach Your Child About Career Math
Careers that you might not expect to be math-intensive include:
  • Agriculture
  • Law
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Music
 Parents can also connect with a professional working in a job that their child is interested in. Arrange a meeting with such a professional in order to see what math skills they use most often as part of their career. This will help your child understand how mathematics can be used in the real world.
Teach Your Child About Life Math

Sometimes dislike of math does not spawn from misunderstanding its importance. Instead, it may come from experiencing mathematical problems. Keep alert when it comes to math work and skills. If it looks like your children are struggling with assignments, help them to learn the necessary skills. If you can't help yourself, look into tutoring, which is available online to accommodate busy families.
The Importance of Reading Education
If there is one skill that all children should master, it is reading. Reading is so important for children because they need to use reading to learn all of their other subjects. Without strong reading skills, children may struggle in math, science, social studies and even arts. As adults, they will read everyday no matter what type of job they have.

Elementary school children usually spend one to two hours a day on reading practice. They have to learn how to read fluently, decode unfamiliar words and comprehend texts. You can help your child by providing many opportunities for reading at home. Reading to your child is a powerful way to improve reading comprehension and to expose more advanced books to your child. Reading constantly is one of the most effective ways for children to become stronger readers, and you can incorporate reading into many household activities. For example, if you're cooking dinner, you can ask your child to read you the recipe. If you buy a new game for your child, he or she can read the directions.

Learn more about the importance of reading and math at Math and Reading Help.org.
(Information from Math and Reading Help.org.)
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