Understanding basic math concepts can help ease math anxiety. But it’s just as important for kids to feel confident about their ability to do basic math. This helps them feel less self-doubt.
What you don’t want to do is completely remove math from a child who’s feeling math anxiety. That’s not helpful. Some stress can be good. The goal is for kids to feel the right level of challenge — without being overwhelmed.
Parents and teachers can work together to help kids with math anxiety. It’s important to know what triggers the anxiety. Try to look for patterns in the behavior you’re seeing and jot them down. Do certain types of math tasks cause anxiety?
Parents and caregivers can use
these conversation starters
to talk with teachers about math difficulties.