## Funniest Tweets About Math All Teachers & Students Can Relate to

by Bored Teachers Staff

We’ve all been there, at the dinner table trying to do math homework, hearing our math teacher’s voice echoing in our mind, “You won’t always have a calculator in your pocket,” hoping the world collapses so we don’t have to go through one more minute of torture!

Well, we’ve combined the funniest tweets about math that everyone can 100% relate to. Whether you’re a student, a parent, or teacher, we have all felt personally attacked and victimized by the headache that is math homework. So this list is for everyone!

Here are the top 20 funniest tweets about math we could find:

## 1. Help a mom out!

My child’s math problem says that Lisa bought 5 loaves of bread that cost $0.25 each and 6 lbs of beef that cost $1.25 per pound and the only information I need is where does Lisa do her grocery shopping. — Jessie (@mommajessiec) April 24, 2022

## 2. It shows…

some of you never cried at the kitchen table while doing math homework with your dad and honestly good for you — 𝕤𝕦𝕟𝕗𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕖𝕣 (@spinubzilla) March 17, 2019

## 3. Nope, not worth it!

Tom Brady got one taste of what it’s like to help kids with math homework and decided to return to being tackled by the largest men in the world. — Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 15, 2022

## 4. How is this so relatable?!

I’m glad I learned about parallelograms instead of how to do taxes. It’s really come in handy this parallelogram season — Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 23, 2015

## 5. Fight Satan all the way!

Would you rather have your parents help you with your math homework or go to hell and fight satan himself. — solana #1 supporter (@jaxajueny) May 17, 2021

## 6. Real-life math!

my dad bought 15 mangoes and didn’t tell my mom so she bought 10 mangoes and now we are the people from the math problems — sal (@skayeterboy) May 7, 2021

## 7. Math teachers are the real MVPs.

Most of my work as a math teacher isn’t even math. It’s helping students believe that they can also do math. We don’t talk about that enough. — Jose Vilson (@TheJoseVilson) May 6, 2020

## 8. Don’t mess with my mozzarella sticks.

I’m pretty bad at math until someone orders mozzarella sticks for the table. — Simon Holland (@simoncholland) February 19, 2018

## 9. Math teacher jokes

math teacher: you currently have a 55% in this class and you need at least 60% to pass me: is there anything i can do to raise my grade? math teacher: if you do this one assignment, i’ll give you 10% extra credit me: math teacher: me: i don’t- is that going to be enough — the hype (@TheHyyyype) August 15, 2019

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## 10. Joke’s on them!

Whole generations were told by a math teacher that we wouldn’t always have a calculator in our pocket. — Shower Thoughts (@TheWeirdWorld) March 8, 2018

## 11. I. Don’t. Understand.

me looking at the F my kid got for the math homework i solved pic.twitter.com/a9yiDeOU3W — Maruf (@m3aruf) January 28, 2020

## 12. Nope, definitely not ready for that!

I dont think Im prepared for the moment my kids come home with homework and need help on a math question then realizes their parent is a fucking moron — Killian ✫ (@KillianTrill999) January 10, 2019

## 13. This kid will go places!

I’m just heard my 11 year-old tell his math teacher “I’m having a day when I just can’t seem to do math.” Her response: “Then put your math book away and go outside and play.” A lesson for us all. 🥰🥰🥰 — Heidi Allen (@Prof_HeidiAllen) October 6, 2020

## 14. Time for a reset!

look the fact that you don’t understand your kid’s math homework is evidence that the way you were taught it was ineffective at conveying any generalizable understanding instead of just knowledge of rote procedures, not a reason they should be taught it the same way — worms cited (@christapeterso) October 9, 2020

## 15. Teachers reach kids in so many ways!

my math teacher in high school was a scuba diver and would spend most of class talking about scuba diving and although i didn’t learn any math that year i learned what it meant to be passionate about something which is far more valuable than knowing the quadratic formula — James (@CaucasianJames) May 16, 2022

## 16. Why do moms always do that?! Let’s just keep it simple, please?

Moms be like “he’s 29 months”, ight thanks for the math homework — 🐣 (@JuiceKing5x) August 1, 2020

## 17. Like I have no idea.

You know what scares me about having a kid? Helping with math homework. Chile. I dunno. — Moneybagg Lo (@Loski007) September 10, 2021

how am i supposed to explain to my children that i can’t help them with their math homework. how am i supposed to look at them dead in the eye and tell them i’m not capable of doing long division — James (@CaucasianJames) July 25, 2019

## 19. I’m out!

Tom Brady saw that common core math homework & was like ‘I’m out’. — Yesha (@YeshaCallahan) March 14, 2022

## 20. How do you even do that?!

math teacher: alright so I’m letting you guys use your calculators on the test, nobody should fail my calculator: pic.twitter.com/ITH8nac1mb — gordo (@internetcIout) November 15, 2016

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## 110+ Prime Math Jokes for Parents, Teachers, And Kids

When it comes to math jokes, your kids can count on you.

When kids want to laugh, they rarely turn to their math homework for jokes. But if you’re a math teacher or a parent trying to help your kids (keyword: trying) with their math homework , you know a good laugh is exactly what the doctor ordered. These funny math jokes for kids are proof (get it?) that math can be a great source of humor — and humor, it turns out, might even help with those math skills. Recent studies have shown that laughter helps us to learn new things by reducing anxiety and boosting motivation, participation, perception, memory, and attention.

These math jokes and puns are split into beginner and advanced levels, so you can find the right corny joke for your audience. And if our calculations are correct, these funny math jokes are some of the smartest and easiest-to-remember examples of math humor out there. Whether you’re looking for statistics puns or calculus jokes, odds are we’ve got you covered.

## Beginner and Intermediate Math Jokes

- Why was the math book sad? It had a lot of problems.
- What did the spelling book say to the math book? “I know I can count on you!”
- Why did the two fours skip lunch? They already eight!
- Are monsters good at math? Not unless you Count Dracula.
- What is the butterfly’s favorite subject in school? Mothematics.
- How do you make time fly? Throw a clock out the window!
- Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine!
- How do you make seven even? Subtract the “S.”
- Why did seven eat nine? Because you’re supposed to eat three squared meals a day!
- What do you get when you multiply a New York City landmark by itself? Times Square.
- What do you call an adventurous number? A roamin’ numeral.
- How are a dollar and the moon similar? They both have four quarters!
- Did you hear the one about the statistician? Probably.
- Why was the student upset when his teacher called him average? It was a mean thing to say!
- Why was the fraction worried about marrying the decimal? Because she would have to convert.
- Why is the obtuse triangle always so frustrated? Because it’s never right.
- Why was the equal sign so humble? Because she knew she wasn’t greater than or less than anyone else.
- What do you call a number that can’t stay in one place? A roamin’ numeral.
- What did one math book say to the other? “Don’t bother me. I’ve got my own problems.”
- What is a math teacher’s favorite snake? A pi-thon.
- What do you call the number seven and the number three when they go out on a date? The odd couple (but seven is in his prime).
- Why was the math teacher suspicious of prime numbers? They were all odd.
- Why can’t you trust a math teacher holding graphing paper? They must be plotting something.
- What is a math teacher’s favorite sum? Summer.
- Which weighs more, 16 ounces of soda or a pound of solid gold? They both weigh the same.
- Why did the student trust his abacus? She could always count on it.
- Why do plants hate math? It gives them square roots.
- What do you call dudes who love math? Algebros.
- Why should you never talk to Pi? Because she’ll go on and on and on forever.
- Why are parallel lines so tragic? They have so much in common, but they’ll never meet.
- Dear Algebra, stop trying to find your x. They’re never coming back — don’t ask y.
- There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who can count and those who can’t.
- How do you stay warm in any room? Just huddle in the corner, where it’s always 90 degrees.
- Why does nobody talk to circles? Because there is no point.
- What do you call a tea kettle whistling on the top of a mountain? A high-pot-in-use.
- Did you hear about the mathematician who is afraid of negative numbers? She’d stop at nothing to avoid them.
- Teacher: “Why are you doing your multiplication on the floor?” Student: “You told me not to use tables.”
- After a sheepdog chased all the sheep into the pen, he told the farmer, “All 40 accounted for.” “But I only have 36 sheep,” the farmer replied. “I know,” said the sheepdog. “But I rounded them up.”
- Why did the triangle make the basketball team? It always made three-pointers.
- Why did the kid always wear glasses during math class? They improve di-vision.
- What do you get when you divide the circumference of a jack-o’-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin Pi!
- A clerk at the butcher shop is 6 feet tall and wears size 10 shoes. What does he weigh? Meat. He works at the butcher’s shop.
- Why can’t you trust a math teacher? They’re always calculating.
- Where did the geometry teacher go on vacation? Who knows? All I know is that she’s polygon.
- What did the math teacher say when his parrot escaped? “Polygon.”
- Why didn’t the quarter jump off a bridge with the dime? It had more cents.
- What geometric shape removes spells and curses? A hexagon.
- Have you ever noticed what’s odd? Every other whole number.
- What’s the best tool for math? Multipliers.
- What’s a swimmer’s favorite math? Dive-ision.
- What do a year and a dollar have in common? They both have four quarters.
- What’s in charge of geometry? The ruler.
- What’s the best way to get a math tutor? An add.
- What’s the most adventurous type of number? Roamin’ numerals.
- I had an argument with a 90-degree angle. It turns out it was right.
- What shape is usually waiting for you inside a Starbucks? A line.
- Do you know what seems odd to me? Numbers that aren’t divisible by two.
- There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count and those who can’t.
- What is odd? Every alternate number!
- Why was 10 very happy when two was not around? Because 10, finally eight.
- Seven asked nine, “Looks like you have put on some weight?” Nine replied, ‘Yeah, I rounded up.’
- What are the three types of people in the world? Those who can count and those who can’t.
- An odd man was asked to do eight jobs; why did he only do four? He only did jobs one, three, five, and seven.
- What is the solution to any equation? Multiply both sides by zero.
- Why are multiplication and division always right? Because they have facts.
- What kind of math is a fitness instructor best at? Cross multiplication.
- Why did the square fail its exam? Because of 2D.
- Which knight created the round table? “Sir Cumference!”

## Advanced Math Jokes

- Pi was fighting with an imaginary number: “Get real,” pi said. “Be rational,” the imaginary number said.
- What do you call an angle that’s gone through the garbage disposal? A wrecked-angle.
- A student turned in a blank sheet of paper for his math test, and the teacher asked him why. “It was on imaginary numbers,” he said. “Can’t you see them?”
- There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator… But only a fraction would understand.
- What’s a math teacher’s favorite kind of tree? Geometry.
- How do you get from point A to point B? Just take an x-y plane or a rhom’bus.
- Why should you never mention the number 2,885? Because it’s “two” gross.
- Why couldn’t the angle get a loan? Its parents wouldn’t cosine.
- Did you hear about the statistician who drowned crossing the river? It was 3 feet deep — on average.
- I’ll do algebra, and I’ll do trig. I’ll even do statistics. But graphing is where I draw the line!
- What’s the best way to flirt with a mathematician? Use acute angle.
- What do baby parabolas drink? Quadratic formula.
- Why did the chicken cross the Mobius Strip? To get to the same side.
- What’s the best way to serve pi? A la mode. Anything else is mean.
- What do you get when you divide the circumference of the sun by its diameter? Pi in the sky.
- The problem with math puns is that calculus jokes are all derivative, trigonometry jokes are too graphic, algebra jokes are usually formulaic, and arithmetic jokes are pretty basic. But I guess the occasional statistics joke is an outlier.
- An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are staying in a hotel. The engineer wakes up and smells smoke. He goes out into the hallway and sees a fire, so he fills a trash can from his room with water and douses the fire. He goes back to bed. Later, the physicist wakes up and smells smoke. He opens his door and sees a fire in the hallway. He walks down the hall to a fire hose and, after calculating the flame velocity, distance, water pressure, trajectory, etc., extinguishes the fire with the minimum amount of water and energy needed. Later, the mathematician wakes up and smells smoke. He goes to the hall, sees the fire, and then the fire hose. He thinks for a moment and then exclaims, “Ah, a solution exists!” and then goes back to bed.
- There are three people applying for the same job at a bank: a mathematician, a statistician, and an accountant. The interviewing committee asks the mathematician one question: “What is 500 plus 500?” The mathematician answers “1,000” without hesitation, and they send him along. Next, they call in the statistician and ask the same question. He thinks for a moment and answers, “1,000… I’m 95% confident.” When the accountant comes in, he is asked the same question: “What is 500 + 500?” He bows and replies, “What would you like it to be?” They hire the accountant.
- What do you call a mathematician who spent all summer at the beach? A tan gent.
- What do you call a political party in favor of agriculture? Pro-tractors.
- What do you call more than one L? A parallel!
- Why wasn’t the geometry teacher at school? Because she sprained her angle.
- How does a mathematician plow a field? With a protractor.
- Why was math class so long? The teacher kept going off on a tangent.
- What did the zero say to the eight? “Nice belt!”
- Why do teenagers travel in groups of three and fives? Because they can’t even.
- Why was algebra so easy for the Romans? X was always 10!
- What English king invented fractions? Henry the 1/8.
- Why didn’t the hyperbola feel sick? It was asymptote-matic.
- I would tell you a joke about an infinite line… But it doesn’t have an endpoint.
- Have you heard the latest stats joke? Probably…
- What do parallel lines and vegetarians have in common? They never meat.
- Why shouldn’t you let advanced math intimidate you? It’s easy as pi!
- Why did the mathematician spill all of his food in the oven? The directions said, “Put it in the oven at 180 degrees.”
- Why can’t you trust a polynomial to stay the same? They have too many variables.
- What was the geometry teacher’s favorite dance? The rhombus.
- What do you call a 12-inch nose? A foot.
- Why do numerators and denominators disagree? They’ve drawn a line.
- What geometric shape is lying in wait? A trapezoid.
- What do you get when you add 2n to 2n in French? It sounds 4n to me, too.
- Did you hear about the statistician who drowned in the lake? On average, most of it was over his head.
- What did the triangle say to the circle? “You’re pointless.”
- What do you call a student who’s great at algebra? An X-pert.
- Three statisticians are hunting, and they come upon a deer. The first aims and overshoots. The second undershoots. The third then shouts, “We got him!”
- Did you hear about the statistician who drowned? The pool was 3 feet deep, on average.
- What is the integral of one divided by a cabin? Log cabin? No, houseboat — you forgot the C.
- An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first tells the bartender he’ll have a beer. The second asks for half a beer, and the third requests a quarter. After the barman places two beers in front of all of them, they say, “That’s all you’re giving us?” The bartender says, “Come on, guys. Know your limits.”
- What do geometry teachers have decorating their floor? Area rugs!
- What tool is best suited for math? Multi-pliers.
- A father noticed his son was sad coming home from school one day. “What’s wrong?” The father asked. “I really don’t like long division,” the son answered. “I always feel bad for the remainders.”
- What’s the official animal of Pi Day? A Pi-Thon!

This article was originally published on May 29, 2019

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## 100 Hilarious Math Puns & Jokes for Kids & Teachers

Ever wondered if math could make you laugh? Picture this: sitting in class, facing a tricky algebra problem, and suddenly, a clever joke about numbers brightens the room. Math isn’t just about solving equations; it’s also about finding humor in the world of numbers, shapes, and formulas. From teasing Pi’s endless digits to exploring the angles of geometry, there’s a wealth of puns and jokes that can bring a smile to anyone’s face. In this article, we’re diving into the fun side of mathematics with a collection of 100 hilarious jokes that cater to kids, students, and teachers alike. Get ready to add a bit of laughter to your math journey! WuKong Math provide you plenty of fun online math learning resourses , download them for free now if you’re interested!

## Top 100 Humorous Math Puns: Algebra, Geometry, Counting, Pi, and More

Mathematics can be full of surprises, especially when it comes to humor! Whether you’re grappling with algebraic equations, pondering geometric shapes, counting sheep (or maybe even counting sheep to sleep!), or simply exploring the endless digits of Pi, these 100 puns and jokes are sure to tickle your funny bone. From classroom giggles to teacher-approved humor, here’s a collection categorized into five parts: Algebra, Geometry, Counting, Pi, and Multiplication and Division. Get ready to laugh and learn with these witty quips!

## Algebra Puns

Algebra may seem daunting, but it’s also a fertile ground for humor! These puns and jokes will not only lighten the mood but also help you see the lighter side of equations and variables. Here are 20 algebraic puns to get you started:

Puns | Explanation |

Why was the equal sign so humble? Because it knew it wasn’t less than or greater than anyone else. | The equal sign represents equality, not being greater or less than others. |

How does a ghost solve an algebra problem? By ex-boo-linating variables. | “Exorcising” variables means eliminating or getting rid of variables. |

Why do plants hate math? Because it gives them square roots. | Square roots are a math concept that plants may not understand well. |

Why did the math book look sad? It had too many problems. | Math books are full of problems or difficult questions, which can be depressing. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Times Square is often used to represent multiplication or calculations. |

Why did the student do multiplication problems on the floor? The teacher told them not to use tables. | Not using tables means not using multiplication tables. |

What do you call a pirate who loves math? Arithme-tician. | “Arithmetic” and “mathematician” are related, and this pun plays on that connection. |

Why did the two fours skip lunch? Because they already 8 (ate). | The pun is on the homophones of “four” and “for”. |

Why did the student bring a ladder to math class? To solve problems on a higher level. | Bringing a ladder is to “elevate” the level of solving problems. |

Why did the boy bring a ladder to school? Because he heard the classes were on a higher level. | Same as above, bringing a ladder is to raise the level of problem-solving. |

Why was the math book sad? It had too many problems. | Same as above, math books are full of problems or difficult questions. |

What do you call friends who love math? Algebros. | The combination of “algebra” and “bros”. |

Why did the student do multiplication problems on the floor? The teacher told them not to use tables. | Same as above, not using multiplication tables. |

What’s a bird’s favorite type of math? Owl-gebra. | The combination of “owl” and “algebra”. |

How does a ghost solve an algebra problem? By ex-boo-linating variables. | Same as the first one, “exorcising” variables means eliminating or getting rid of variables. |

What do you call friends who love math? Algebros. | Same as above, the combination of “algebra” and “bros”. |

Why did the two fours skip lunch? Because they already 8 (ate). | Same as above, the pun is on the homophones of “four” and “for”. |

Why was the math book sad? It had too many problems. | Same as above, math books are full of problems or difficult questions. |

What do you call a pirate who loves math? Arithme-tician. | Same as above, “arithmetic” and “mathematician” are related, and this pun plays on that connection. |

Why did the student bring a ladder to math class? To solve problems on a higher level. | Same as above, bringing a ladder is to “elevate” the level of solving problems. |

## Geometry Puns

Geometry isn’t just about shapes—it’s also a playground for puns and jokes! These witty quips will add a bit of fun to your understanding of angles, triangles, and circles. Here are 20 geometry puns to brighten your day:

Puns | Explanation |

Why was the circle so popular? It had 360 degrees of friends. | A circle has 360 degrees, and the pun relates this to having many “degrees” of friends. |

What did the triangle say to the circle? You’re so pointless. | A circle has no “points” like a triangle, so the triangle is calling the circle “pointless”. |

Why couldn’t the angle get a loan? His parents wouldn’t cosign. | An “angle” in math has parents (sides), and they wouldn’t “co-sign” (cosign) the loan. |

What’s a bird’s favorite type of math? Owl-gebra. | The pun combines “owl” and “algebra”. |

Why did the student eat his math homework? Because the teacher told him it was a piece of pi. | The teacher told the student the math homework was a “piece of pi”, a pun on the mathematical constant pi. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Times Square is associated with multiplication and calculations. |

Why was the circle so popular? It had 360 degrees of friends. | Same as the first one, relating the 360 degrees of a circle to having many friends. |

What did the triangle say to the circle? You’re so pointless. | Same as the second one, the triangle calling the circle “pointless”. |

Why couldn’t the angle get a loan? His parents wouldn’t cosign. | Same as the third one, the “angle” not being able to get a loan because its “parents” (sides) won’t “cosign”. |

What’s a bird’s favorite type of math? Owl-gebra. | Same as the fourth one, the pun combining “owl” and “algebra”. |

Why did the student eat his math homework? Because the teacher told him it was a piece of pi. | Same as the fifth one, the pun on the mathematical constant pi. |

Why was the circle so popular? It had 360 degrees of friends. | Same as the first and seventh ones. |

What did the triangle say to the circle? You’re so pointless. | Same as the second and eighth ones. |

Why couldn’t the angle get a loan? His parents wouldn’t cosign. | Same as the third and ninth ones. |

What’s a bird’s favorite type of math? Owl-gebra. | Same as the fourth and tenth ones. |

Why did the student eat his math homework? Because the teacher told him it was a piece of pi. | Same as the fifth and eleventh ones. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Same as the sixth one. |

Why was the circle so popular? It had 360 degrees of friends. | Same as the first, seventh, and twelfth ones. |

What did the triangle say to the circle? You’re so pointless. | Same as the second, eighth, and thirteenth ones. |

Why couldn’t the angle get a loan? His parents wouldn’t cosign. | Same as the third, ninth, and fourteenth ones. |

## Counting Puns

Counting may seem straightforward, but it’s also a realm where humor thrives! These puns and jokes will not only make you chuckle but also appreciate the fun side of numbers. Here are 20 counting puns to brighten your day:

Counting Puns | Explanation |

Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight (ate) nine. | The pun is on the homophones of “eight” and “ate”, implying that seven “ate” (ate) nine. |

How do you stay warm during math class? Sit in the corner, where it’s always 90 degrees. | The pun is on the 90-degree angle in a corner. |

What do you call friends who love to count? Counting buddies. | The pun combines “counting” and “buddies”. |

Why is the obtuse triangle always so frustrated? Because it’s never right. | An obtuse triangle is never a “right” (90-degree) triangle, hence the frustration. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Times Square is associated with multiplication and calculations. |

Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight (ate) nine. | Same as the first one, the pun on the homophones of “eight” and “ate”. |

How do you stay warm during math class? Sit in the corner, where it’s always 90 degrees. | Same as the second one, the pun on the 90-degree angle in a corner. |

What do you call friends who love to count? Counting buddies. | Same as the third one, the pun combining “counting” and “buddies”. |

Why is the obtuse triangle always so frustrated? Because it’s never right. | Same as the fourth one, an obtuse triangle never being a “right” (90-degree) triangle. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Same as the fifth one, Times Square being associated with multiplication and calculations. |

Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight (ate) nine. | Same as the first and sixth ones, the pun on the homophones of “eight” and “ate”. |

How do you stay warm during math class? Sit in the corner, where it’s always 90 degrees. | Same as the second and seventh ones, the pun on the 90-degree angle in a corner. |

What do you call friends who love to count? Counting buddies. | Same as the third and eighth ones, the pun combining “counting” and “buddies”. |

Why is the obtuse triangle always so frustrated? Because it’s never right. | Same as the fourth and ninth ones, an obtuse triangle never being a “right” (90-degree) triangle. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Same as the fifth and tenth ones, Times Square being associated with multiplication and calculations. |

Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight (ate) nine. | Same as the first, sixth, and eleventh ones, the pun on the homophones of “eight” and “ate”. |

How do you stay warm during math class? Sit in the corner, where it’s always 90 degrees. | Same as the second, seventh, and twelfth ones, the pun on the 90-degree angle in a corner. |

What do you call friends who love to count? Counting buddies. | Same as the third, eighth, and thirteenth ones, the pun combining “counting” and “buddies”. |

Why is the obtuse triangle always so frustrated? Because it’s never right. | Same as the fourth, ninth, and fourteenth ones, an obtuse triangle never being a “right” (90-degree) triangle. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Same as the fifth, tenth, and fifteenth ones, Times Square being associated with multiplication and calculations. |

Pi (π) is not just a mathematical constant—it’s also a source of endless humor! These puns and jokes will make you appreciate the infinite possibilities of Pi. Here are 20 Pi puns to brighten your day:

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Pi Puns | Explanation |

Why was the math book sad? It had too many problems. | Math books are full of problems or difficult questions, which can be depressing. |

Why was the equal sign so humble? Because it knew it wasn’t less than or greater than anyone else. | The equal sign represents equality, not being greater or less than others. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Times Square is often used to represent multiplication or calculations. |

Why did the student do multiplication problems on the floor? The teacher told them not to use tables. | Not using tables means not using multiplication tables. |

What do you call a pirate who loves math? Arithme-tician. | “Arithmetic” and “mathematician” are related, and this pun plays on that connection. |

Why did the two fours skip lunch? Because they already 8 (ate). | The pun is on the homophones of “four” and “for”. |

Why did the student bring a ladder to math class? To solve problems on a higher level. | Bringing a ladder is to “elevate” the level of solving problems. |

What’s a bird’s favorite type of math? Owl-gebra. | The pun combines “owl” and “algebra”. |

How does a ghost solve an algebra problem? By ex-boo-linating variables. | “Exorcising” variables means eliminating or getting rid of variables. |

What do you call friends who love math? Algebros. | The combination of “algebra” and “bros”. |

Same as the fourth one, not using multiplication tables. | |

What’s a bird’s favorite type of math? Owl-gebra. | Same as the eighth one, the pun combining “owl” and “algebra”. |

How does a ghost solve an algebra problem? By ex-boo-linating variables. | Same as the ninth one, “exorcising” variables means eliminating or getting rid of variables. |

What do you call friends who love math? Algebros. | Same as the tenth one, the combination of “algebra” and “bros”. |

Why did the two fours skip lunch? Because they already 8 (ate). | Same as the sixth one, the pun is on the homophones of “four” and “for”. |

What’s a math teacher’s favorite place in New York City? Times Square. | Same as the third one, Times Square is often used to represent multiplication or calculations. |

Why was the circle so popular? It had 360 degrees of friends. | A circle has 360 degrees, and the pun relates this to having many “degrees” of friends. |

What did the triangle say to the circle? You’re so pointless. | A circle has no “points” like a triangle, so the triangle is calling the circle “pointless”. |

Why couldn’t the angle get a loan? His parents wouldn’t cosign. | An “angle” in math has parents (sides), and they wouldn’t “co-sign” (cosign) the loan. |

Why did the student eat his math homework? Because the teacher told him it was a piece of pi. | The teacher told the student the math homework was a “piece of pi”, a pun on the mathematical constant pi. |

## Multiplication and Division Puns

Mathematics isn’t just about numbers—it’s also about adding humor to the equation! Dive into these clever puns and math jokes that multiply the fun and divide any serious mood. Enjoy this collection of 20 puns that are bound to bring a smile to your face:

Multiplication and Division Puns | Explanation |

What’s a swimmer’s preferred type of math? Dive-ision! | The pun plays on the word “division” and the swimming term “dive”. |

Ever meet a math teacher with a dozen kids? She really knows how to multiply! | The pun is on the math term “multiply” and the ability to have a large family. |

Ever heard about the mathematician who’s scared of negative numbers? He’ll do anything to stay positive. | The pun is on the terms “positive” and “negative numbers” in mathematics. |

Why did the student do math problems on the floor? The teacher said to avoid using tables. | The pun is on not using multiplication tables. |

Why did the girl wear glasses during math class? To get a clearer di-vision. | The pun is on the word “division” and the need for clearer vision. |

How do you handle any equation? Multiply both sides by zero. | The pun is on the mathematical operation of multiplying both sides of an equation by zero. |

What’s a surgeon’s mathematical approach to patients? Follow the order of operations! | The pun is on the mathematical concept of the order of operations. |

Why was Mr. Gilson’s class so loud? He loved practicing gong division! | The pun is on the word “division” and the sound of a gong. |

Why did the student switch from English to math class confused? In English, a double negative is bad, but in math, it’s positive! | The pun is on the different meanings of “positive” and “negative” in English and mathematics. |

Which tables don’t you need to memorize? Dinner tables! | The pun is on the difference between mathematical tables and dinner tables. |

Ever meet a math teacher with a dozen kids? She really knows how to multiply! | Same as the second one, the pun on the math term “multiply” and the ability to have a large family. |

What’s a swimmer’s preferred type of math? Dive-ision! | Same as the first one, the pun on the word “division” and the swimming term “dive”. |

Why did the student do math problems on the floor? The teacher said to avoid using tables. | Same as the fourth one, the pun on not using multiplication tables. |

Ever heard about the mathematician who’s scared of negative numbers? He’ll do anything to stay positive. | Same as the third one, the pun on the terms “positive” and “negative numbers” in mathematics. |

How do you handle any equation? Multiply both sides by zero. | Same as the sixth one, the pun on the mathematical operation of multiplying both sides of an equation by zero. |

What’s a surgeon’s mathematical approach to patients? Follow the order of operations! | Same as the seventh one, the pun on the mathematical concept of the order of operations. |

Why did the girl wear glasses during math class? To get a clearer di-vision. | Same as the fifth one, the pun on the word “division” and the need for clearer vision. |

Why was Mr. Gilson’s class so loud? He loved practicing gong division! | Same as the eighth one, the pun on the word “division” and the sound of a gong. |

Which tables don’t you need to memorize? Dinner tables! | Same as the tenth one, the pun on the difference between mathematical tables and dinner tables. |

Why did the student switch from English to math class confused? In English, a double negative is bad, but in math, it’s positive! | Same as the ninth one, the pun on the different meanings of “positive” and “negative” in English and mathematics. |

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## FAQs about Math Puns:

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Math puns are humorous wordplays that involve mathematical concepts or terms, blending wit with mathematical ideas for comedic effect.

## Q2: Why are math puns popular?

Math puns are popular because they combine intellectual humor with accessible subjects, making them enjoyable for both math enthusiasts and those looking for light-hearted jokes.

## Q3: Where can I find math puns?

You can find math puns online on websites dedicated to jokes, social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit, and in books specializing in humor or mathematics.

## Q4: How can I create my own math puns?

To create math puns, play with mathematical terms, numbers, operations, and concepts to find connections that can be twisted for humor, ensuring they remain understandable and clever.

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## 13 Fun Homework Ideas: The Best Ways To Make Homework Fun For Kids Quickly & Easily

Sophie Bartlett

Figuring out how to make homework fun can be a tricky task for parents.

Does it feel like you’re constantly nagging your kids to do their homework? If your answer is yes, know that we’ve all been there! It’s natural for parents to want their children to progress and do well in school, but after an entire day of paper, pencils, and books many youngsters will resist getting on with their homework – and that’s putting it mildly!

## Top Tips To Make Homework Fun:

1. work together, 2. use rewards and incentives, 3. make them a snack, 4. make it visual, 5. try different learning apps, 6. set up a homework play date, 7. go outside, 8. turn it into a game, 9. let them play teacher, 10. use a timer, 11. create a special homework space, 12. remember to be positive, 13. get help if you need it.

Thankfully, there are ways of making homework less boring and that are a little bit more fun for your child. Whether they need to practice spelling, learn their times tables or revise for an important exam, our top fun homework ideas will help you magically take the ‘work’ out of homework.

Adults often work best in the company of others, and the same can be said of kids, so why not sit with your child while they’re studying and get on with some of your own work or life admin?

Whether you’re returning emails or doing your online banking, creating a shared workspace and modeling focused work is a great way to spend quality time together while they complete their homework. Win-win!

Quick win : While your child is tackling their fractions homework, you could sit down with them and take a look through your finances.

Rewards and incentives are great when it comes to getting your children to follow your household rules and routines, and homework is no different. Things like stickers or the promise of time on their iPad or games console for slightly older children can all work wonders in getting them to do their homework without a battle.

Quick win: For every few questions they answer they could get a minute of screen time!

Let’s face it: A hungry child is an unfocused, unmotivated and unhappy child.

Most children come out of school ravenous, so let them nibble on a nutritious after-school snack while they get on with homework; things like popcorn, apple slices, grapes, or crackers and cheese are all great snack options.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Active for Life has a list of healthy after-school snack ideas and recipes to try.

Quick win: One of the best brain foods for kids is a nice and crispy apple! So when your child is craving something sweet just cut up an apple and let them munch away.

Help to eliminate the late night ‘Oh, I forgot to do that’, and create a weekly homework chart so your child can see what they have to do each day and check off each ‘to do’ task as it’s been completed.

Again, Pinterest has some great free printables to help keep kids organized. Get them involved by letting them color it, or decorate it with their favorite stickers, and pin it up somewhere at their height, where they will see it easily every day as a reminder. Some exciting new stationery and colorful pens might help too.

Quick win: An easy way to make homework fun is to grab a piece of paper and get your child to draw out and decorate a ‘homework chart’ consisting of 5 days. Stick it on the fridge and add a sticker to each day after they’ve done their homework, when they’ve collected 5 stickers they get a treat!

If your child prefers to be online, there are some great online apps around that children will have fun using, yet encourage learning too. Here are our favorite free math websites for example. Speak to your child’s teacher too and see which apps the children use in school so you can support what they’re doing at home.

Quick win: One of our favorite websites that makes homework fun is Tang Math !

Holding a homework playdate where your child can invite one of their best school buddies over to do homework together can be a great way for them to learn and make sure the work gets done, especially older children in elementary school.

Plus, it’s likely that their parents will be delighted!

Younger children may need a bit more support and guidance but can still gain a lot from the experience of learning together with a friend – think of this as a mini-educational play date for them.

Quick win: Let your child and their friend play for a while, and then get them to work through their homework with the incentive of a yummy ‘ice cream party’ when they’ve completed all of their homework.

If the weather allows, create a comfortable outside study space and allow your child to do their homework outdoors.

The fresh air can help kids with their concentration if they’ve been stuck in a classroom all day, and studies also show that being outside, closer to nature, can increase productivity. The reward of a quick game of Frisbee or a kick-around of a soccer ball between tasks will help them stay motivated too.

Who said home learning had to be boring? If children enjoy what they’re learning, they’re more likely to remember what they’re being taught, so turn their learning into a fun game. Using sweets like Smarties to help with math and number work can turn the experience from a chore into a treat. If they get the right answer, they get to eat some!

Another trick that you can use when your child is learning spellings is to write them in shaving cream or in magnetic letters. It sounds simple but we can guarantee that it will make homework a lot more fun for your child.

These math games for kids and times tables games are a great place to start.

Quick win: If you’re looking for some fun homework ideas then check out this simple multiplication activity you can do at home, it’ll even get in one of your child’s five a day!

Make another fun homework game by creating your own mini-classroom and letting your child step into the role of teacher.

Have your child explain a concept to you as a teacher, as you, or their sibling, play the role of the student. This game works particularly well with subjects that require theory, like Science for example, as it will improve their understanding of the concept and build logic and reasoning skills.

Quick win: Make homework fun by getting your child to choose their favorite teddies and toys and setting them up in their own mini- classroom. Start off with registration, ‘mom’ ‘present’, ‘mr teddy’ ‘here’ etc. You’ll soon notice that your child is growing in confidence regardless of the topic as children love playing teacher!

Some children may have difficulty working for prolonged periods of time without a break, so using a timer can be great for getting them to complete homework without whining. For example, if your child is given 20 math problems for homework, you can say “Complete the first 10 questions, then we’ll take a 5-minute break, then complete the next 10 questions”.

Many children will need a mental break and will work more effectively when given the opportunity to take one. At the end of the task, they get to pick an activity of their choice. If your child gets easily distracted, a timer game can work well to keep them focused on the task in hand.

Quick win: Put the timer on your phone so that your child can see the countdown while they’re working.

A special study space can make homework more fun and help motivate your child to get it done! Choose a space in your house that’s least likely to distract your child, and create simple, organized, and kid-friendly homework.

You could hang up some of their artwork above the desk, and have all their school essentials nearby so everything is close to hand.

Quick win: Make sure that they aren’t surrounded by things that will distract them. Televisions and iPads are a no go at homework time!

Remember to always be upbeat and positive about school and the importance of their homework. Give your child lots of praise and encouragement about how well they’re doing to help them stay motivated and on track.

Quick win: After every homework session, spend five minutes talking through what your child has accomplished. If you’re running out of activities to do, have a look at our list of home learning packs – all free to download.

Homework can be frustrating if your child doesn’t understand the material or gets bored easily. If your child is struggling, get them some expert help!

Quick win: Third Space Learning has plenty of advice on learning math for kids and parents but if you need more support, our primary school math tutors are easy to organize and very affordable.

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The content in this article was originally written by primary school teacher Sophie Bartlett and has since been revised and adapted for US schools by elementary math teacher Christi Kulesza.

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## Funny Tweets About The Misery Of Helping Your Kids With Math Homework

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You may think you left math behind when you finished school. But if you have children, you’re in for a rude awakening.

Many parents have used Twitter to lament the days when their children ask for help with their math homework. Even if they manage to recall the skills they once learned, that may not be helpful in the confusion of common core math.

Fortunately, they’ve also found humor in the situation. We’ve rounded up 35 tweets that sum up parents’ frustrations with their kids’ math homework.

10-year-old: Can you help me with my math homework? Me: Yes. 10: *points to the problem* Me: No. — James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) February 9, 2021

I reassure my kids as I help them with their math homework by telling them I took calculus so I think I know a thing or two about being completely confused. — Jessie (@mommajessiec) October 10, 2021

I don't scare easily but I'm petrified when I see my 3rd grader walking towards me with his math homework & an inquisitive look on his face. — Jennifer Lizza (@outsmartedmommy) December 13, 2016

Here’s a little song I wrote about helping kids with their Common Core Math homework, it’s called “We Just Have to Multiply Two Single Digits Why the Fuck Do We Need to Draw a Parallelogram“ and a one and a two — Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) March 14, 2019

Okay, I’m not going to ask how you got there because I won’t understand anyway but the answer book says it’s correct so good job. - me helping my 6yo with his math and nailing it — Life at Tiffany’s (@lifeattiffanys) February 14, 2019

I used to be an atheist until my 8YO started asking for help with her math homework — Vinod Chhaproo (@Chhapiness) September 27, 2021

My only real argument for having multiple children is that the older one will eventually be able to help the younger one with Common Core math. — SpacedMom (@copymama) April 27, 2021

Store clerk: May I help you? Me: I hope so. Sweetie go get your math homework, this nice woman is going to help us. — Simon Holland (@simoncholland) March 13, 2018

I’ve decided to let my son only watch TV for 3 more weeks because it’ll be better than the both of us crying over common core math — That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) March 25, 2020

What wine pairs well with Common Core math? — Jessie (@mommajessiec) August 24, 2020

10YR OLD: dad, can you help me with my math homework? ME: *throws smoke bomb* — Andy H. (@AndyAsAdjective) January 31, 2017

I don’t like to swear in front of my kids but I also don’t like to help them with their math homework, so I may have just angrily referred to fractions as “fucktions!” — Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) March 12, 2019

Allie has 5 oranges, she gives 3 away. How many does she have left? Common Core Math: Round up to the nearest 100, take away half. Draw a number line and count up 10. Do 15 jumping jacks while you subtract. Take away the sum of the quotient of the total to get the answer. — ThisOneSaysBOOO (@ThisOneSayz) November 4, 2019

Just got my ass handed to me by my kid's 2nd grade math homework. — Unfiltered Mama (@UnfilteredMama) March 16, 2017

Can't figure out 7th grade son's math homework -- despite using his book, Google, Wikipedia, and about five wine coolers. — Steve Olivas (@steveolivas) October 27, 2016

Whenever I have to help my kids with their New New Math worksheets, I end up giving myself pep talks like some kind of Aaron Sorkin character ("I actually went to a very good school!") before I give up/google grade-school math tutorials. So that's what keeps me humble, Barbara. — Nicole Chung (@nicolesjchung) September 18, 2018

*12 comes to me with math homework 12: Can you do this? Me: Son, I got older so I wouldn't have to. — The Alex Nevil (@TheAlexNevil) October 4, 2021

Hi sweetie, doing your math homework? 2nd grader: Yes, 27 + 41 = 68 but our teacher makes us [spends 30 minutes drawing number lines, groups of ten, shaded blocks, etc.] do it this way. — Simon Holland (@simoncholland) October 24, 2018

I tried to slow cook a pot roast this morning by plugging in the toaster, but sure son, let me help you with your math homework. — Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) February 16, 2018

You can’t make me cry; you’re not my daughter’s 2nd grade math homework. — Jessie (@mommajessiec) January 28, 2021

Couldn't hate 2nd grade math enough? Try having kids. — AparnaRC (@Wordesse) September 11, 2021

Let's get married and have kids so instead of going to happy hour you can make a boxed dinner while I figure out common core math homework. — Simon Holland (@simoncholland) November 3, 2016

[checking common core math] 8-year-old: Is it right? Me: Turn around. I'm definitely not going to Google this. — James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) February 20, 2019

school administrator: we need something to make parents feel like complete and utter dipshits in front of their children pretty much every single night. guy who invented common core math: oooh, have i got a treat for you. — JB 4Realz (@JB4Realz) September 25, 2018

Murder By Numbers is my favorite movie about helping my kids with their math homework — Sweet Momissa (@sweetmomissa) October 29, 2020

Me, to 10yo: The first step in doing your math homework is *starts crying* — Jessie (@mommajessiec) October 8, 2018

You can either have a nice evening or you can help your child with their math homework. You can’t have both. — Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) March 20, 2019

Before kids: I will never swear in front of my precious angels. After kids: WTF is this math homework?! — MyQuestionableLife (@2questionable) December 13, 2017

This new math will always leave me like #fourthgrademath #commoncore pic.twitter.com/rrhEb8Yjk8 — Nicole Blades (@NicoleBlades) January 15, 2019

'You are a strong, capable and intelligent woman.' I mutter to myself, as I use my fingers to count while reviewing my kid's math homework. — Moderately Mom (@moderately_mom) November 7, 2019

One day someone will ask my kids if they ever saw their dad cry and they will think about the time with the math homework. — Simon Holland (@simoncholland) October 24, 2019

13 out of 10 parents have difficulty helping their kids with Common Core math homework. — HowToBeADad (@HowToBeADad) October 2, 2017

That wasn't a typo, it's the new common core spelling. No one understands it, but it's supposed to be better for some reason. — Anecdotal Birthcontrol (@AnecdtlBrthCtrl) May 21, 2019

[homework] Child: It says "solve for X" Me: Well, look at our clock with Roman numerals on it. Child: Um. Ok. Me: What number is "X?" Child [counting]: 10. Me: Right. X is always 10. Child: OH OKAY. [writing answer] Me: Wife: You know they'll end up living at home right? — Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) January 21, 2020

*Arrives in Hell* Devil: Here, help these 5th graders with common core math — Jo Bean (@jobrowneyes) October 24, 2018

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## 33 Easy Ways Parents Can Help their Kids with Math at Home.

## Math Homework Help is here!

Math. Ugh. New math, double ugh. I know I sound like an old fuddy-duddy when I say this, but I cannot stand the ‘new math.’ It makes no sense to me. And this distance learning thing? Pssshh.

Brian does his homework here at the kitchen table, so I am usually watching and listening as he works through math problems. Maybe this new way is better, I don’t know. It seems like it’s many more steps to get to the same result.

And my son is good at math and loves it! I don’t know what we would do if he was struggling. I look at a math problem of his ( 4th grade ) and I can get the answer, but not show the work that the teacher wants to see. It’s very frustrating as a parent to not be able to help them with their homework.

## Math Anxiety

I grew up in an era when we frequently were told that females are not good at math or science. That may or may not be your reason for math anxiety, but it is for mine!

In any event, you’re going to have to get over your own anxiety with math (if you have it) before helping your child. Even saying something as “Hmm, this looks new and confusing to me too, let’s figure it out together” is a way to approach it without passing on your own personal doubts.

Make math a part of your normal daily routine. Talk about it, often. Visit You’veGotThisMath for a ton of ideas, activities and free printables for math stuff. They also have a super cute multisensory activity called The Gallon Man .

## Math Homework Helpers

I suppose this is parenting in the 21st century. If parents can’t figure it out, we go to the Internet or Ask Alexa. Here are some of the great sites I found when looking up ways to explain math to my 4th grader.

I honestly have used some of these. I know how to get the write answer. I don’t know how to tell my kid how to get to that answer, per his teachers’ expectations. It’s maddening.

- Logic Roots – Their motto is “We bring to you a new way to practice math. It’s not a game, it’s an occasion to bond.” That is a much better option than the yelling and tears we’ve been doing.
- Smart Kids 101 – I like that this gives you different approaches for a math problem. I was stuck and this helped.
- Hello Thinkster : 6 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mathematical Mind
- Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry http://www.mathscore.com/
- Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/
- Math and reading games https://www.abcya.com/
- Math and language games https://www.arcademics.com/
- A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus. https://deltamath.com/overview
- THIS ONE IS VERY POPULAR ! online education program for toddler through high school… https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids
- Math as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/
- Elem Math through 6th grade https://boddlelearning.com/
- Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work
- Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. https://www.numberphile.com/
- Geometry https://www.canfigureit.com/
- Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php
- Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources https://www.mathplayground.com/
- Math practice https://xtramath.org/#/home/index
- The website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/
- Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/
- Immerse yourself in cryptography https://www.cryptoclub.org/
- Math games galore https://gridclub.com/
- Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/
- K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students https://www.zearn.org/
- Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance https://www.ngpf.org/
- Science and math labs and simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/
- K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them. https://www.dreambox.com/at-home

## Adding Math to Daily Activities

- Talk to your kids when you’re cooking or following a recipe. Heck, even preheating the oven, you can talk about temperatures.
- Add math problems in with your evening or bedtime reading routine.
- If you have a a fitbit or something like that, use it to have math discussions. “How far do you think 100 steps is?”
- Kids love to measure things. Buy an inexpensive tape measure and play with it.

Much like what I shared above, you just have to make math a part of your daily routine.

I hope this helps get you started. I know several of them have helped us.

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## Parents Are Often Nervous About Math. They Can Still Help Their Kids Learn It

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It’s a common scenario in many households: A child’s struggle with their math homework quickly becomes a frustration for their parents, too.

A child wrestles with a problem. His mom, trying to help, soon realizes she doesn’t understand it, either. Irritated with the situation, she either blames the school for teaching math in a newfangled way that doesn’t make sense to her, or she blames herself for being “not a math person.”

The result, educators say, is that a counterproductive attitude about math is handed down from one generation to the next, and a child misses out on a chance to learn.

It’s a misconception that parents and guardians have to be skilled at math to affect their children’s mastery of the key subject, researchers say. For one thing, many adults underestimate their own math skills. For another, even those with gaps in their own understanding can benefit children by modeling a positive attitude and a willingness to work through challenging ideas.

“When you get to the edge of hard, you are learning. That’s when you are really growing,” said Kelly DeLong, the executive director of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics, which helps schools throughout the state improve math instruction and outcomes. “If [adults] continue to purport that ‘I am not a math person,’ we do a disservice to the children in our home.”

As they work to address plummeting math achievement following pandemic-related school closures, more schools have sought to harness adult attitudes to help children learn. Educators have engaged parents with games, family activity nights, and materials that help them understand unfamiliar math content.

In the process, they’ve had to confront years of baggage around what many adults consider the most stressful academic subject.

## Adults’ role in children’s math learning

For parents, math has a bit of a PR problem. While everyone from actor LeVar Burton to major organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics has stressed the importance of reading out loud with children at early ages, early numeracy—the ability to understand how numbers work—does not have a similar flashy ad campaign, at least not in the United States.

“It’s easier to see reading as something casual and recreational,” said Laura Overdeck, the founder of Bedtime Math, a nonprofit organization that seeks to change math attitudes by creating accessible story problems families can complete with their children. “There is an accountability in math that you just don’t have in reading.”

After reading a picture book, a parent may ask a child to reflect on the motivation or emotions of the main character. Such conversations come naturally, and a child learns by thinking through and vocalizing a response, not by saying the correct answer, Overdeck said.

“With math, you get the answer right or wrong,” and that can be stressful for parents, she said.

Many adults also have a distorted understanding of their own math abilities, Overdeck said, and some had subpar math instruction in their own K-12 schooling.

The key for parents is not suggesting that the right answer doesn’t matter or asking them to pretend that math isn’t difficult; rather, they need tools to help children retrace their steps and rework problems to identify where they went wrong in finding a solution, Overdeck said.

When parents expose their children to that secondhand math stress, it can actually weaken their ability to reason through a problem, said Kerry Friedman, a senior researcher who has helped develop family math interventions for the Regional Education Laboratory Appalachia.

“We know that when people have some level of anxiety around math, that interrupts your working memory ,” Friedman said. “It stops even strong performers from being able to solve more complex problems.”

## Rewriting the math narrative for families

Educators in West Virginia and Kentucky have taken a fun approach to confronting math stress as they worked with REL Appalachia to pilot family math nights in their schools.

It’s not unusual for 400 to 500 students, parents, grandparents, and siblings to pour into a Monticello, Ky., school for an evening of math games, math instructional coach Jamie Reagan said. The district also offers drive-thru math nights, a strategy it developed during COVID-related closures, in which families pick up materials and instructions for math games they can use at home.

Educators invite families to use math skills to make pizza with their children, to face off in arithmetic-related challenges, and to learn about how math concepts apply in real life. They decorate with themes like “Jurassic Park” or Halloween, invite uniformed high school athletes to drum up excitement, and even hold family costume contests to encourage turnout.

“We are building that parent-child engagement piece, and they are having fun,” Reagan said.

The REL family math night toolkit includes activities to demonstrate the importance of math and to reduce stress by making math concepts fun and familiar. One problem asks families what equation they would use to get “11" to appear on a calculator screen without hitting the 1 key. In another game, designed for young children, families work together to identify shaped blocks—a core early geometry skill—and put them together to build pictures of animals.

In a card game meant to build computational fluency, players five draw cards with numbers and mathematical operations on them, exchanging cards until they can arrange their hands into a math problem that results in an answer of 24 (for example: 1x4x6).

All games include instructions for facilitators at schools and for parents at home to ask each family member to explain how they reasoned through each challenge.

“There is a disconnect between parents and schools, just from the pandemic,” Reagan said. “Through these family learning nights, it’s starting to build that rapport again.”

The events have also given teachers a chance to explain new approaches to math instruction that may seem puzzling to older parents and guardians.

Reagan once met a farmer who was raising his grandchildren and confused by the conceptual approach to estimation in their homework . She explained it in terms he understood: Farmers might estimate the size of a field by walking across it, counting every three steps as a meter.

“We are introducing that conceptual understanding of what does 3 feet look like before we pull out a ruler,” she told the grandfather.

The school also offers materials developed by Kentucky’s education department that explain math learning standards in digestible, jargon-free terms.

The math-night strategies also aim to introduce parents to the concept of a growth mindset: the idea that students can acquire new skills through perseverance.

“We say, think about your journey. What was it that made you feel that way?” said DeLong, who helps Kentucky districts pilot math nights. “We want to be able to empower your child.”

## Fun makes a difference

Research demonstrates the role adult attitudes play in their children’s math learning.

In a study published in the April 2022 edition of the journal Child Development, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign asked parents to log their time spent assisting children with math homework and with low-stakes math-related activities, like measuring ingredients for a recipe or playing a card game that involves addition. Parents also took daily surveys to rate how “happy and content” or “irritated and anxious” they felt assisting their children, and they responded to questions about their own comfort with math.

The researchers found that parents with low confidence in their own math abilities were more likely to experience negative feelings helping their children with homework than with more routine math tasks. Those negative parental feelings correlated with lower children’s participation in math activities over time and poorer performance on math assessments a year after the surveys were conducted.

Tasks designed to help parents feel more confident in supporting their children’s math development may translate to better attitudes and improved achievement in the long run, the researchers concluded.

Similarly, in a 2018 study , researchers at Barnard College and the University of Chicago found that children whose parents regularly played games with them on the Bedtime Math app showed about three months more math learning gains than their peers in a control group, with the biggest benefits shown for children of parents who were highly stressed about math.

In other words: A spoonful of games might help the math anxiety go down.

“There is no more noble use of your time than to engage your community to have a positive math mindset,” DeLong said. “It translates into children who can persevere, children who learn at the edge of productive struggle, and then children who have the skills that can define a workforce for your community.”

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## Parents' reactions while helping with math shape young children's achievement

by Sharita Forrest, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As educators and industry mull strategies for attracting more young adults to math-oriented professions, a new study in the journal Child Development suggests that children's early experiences doing math homework and activities with their parents shape their motivation and achievement.

Cultivating a love of mathematics in young people —and inspiring the next generation of scientists, accountants and other numbers-oriented professionals—may start with low-stakes math activities that enable parents to feel effective at teaching math to their children and promote enjoyable parent-child experiences, say researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

When math homework with their parents is fraught with negativity such as parental feelings of frustration or ineptitude, children are less likely to enjoy math and tackle challenging math problems. These children also score lower on math achievement tests a year later, according to U. of I. graduate student Jiawen Wu and psychology professor Eva M. Pomerantz.

"Parents' involvement in math activities such as games was more constructive than their involvement in children's homework" because parents' affect—their emotions and emotional expression —was more negative in the homework context, said Wu, the first author of the study. "Negative affect—such as feelings of irritation—predicts children's lack of motivation and lower achievement over time."

Although many studies have explored parent-child dynamics in the context of children's homework, little is known about such dynamics surrounding math, Wu said.

The study was co-written by Michael M. Barger, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Georgia; and U. of I. graduate student Dajung (Diana) Oh.

For 12 days, more than 480 parents of first or second grade students reported on their involvement in their children's math activities and homework. Each day that they helped with these tasks, the parents used online surveys to rate how happy and content or irritated and anxious they felt during these homework and activity sessions. The parents also completed a survey that assessed how self-confident and efficacious they felt when helping their child learn math.

The majority of the parents, 80%, were the children's mothers. Sixty-seven percent were white, 17% were Black, 8% were Asian and 5% were Latinx. About 29% of the parents had less than a college degree, while 38% of the parents had advanced degrees.

According to the parents' reports, their children engaged in math homework or learning activities on about three of the 12 days, with the parents helping them about 80% of the time with each. First grade students performed more learning activities, while second grade students had more homework assignments, the researchers found.

About 30 days after the study began, and again a year later, the researchers assessed the children's liking for math and their preference for challenging math by asking them to create a worksheet by choosing from sets of easy and more difficult problems. Their math knowledge, calculation skills and quantitative reasoning were evaluated with an achievement test.

The more efficacious parents felt while helping their children with math, the more math homework and learning activities their children engaged in, the researchers found. Constructive parenting behaviors such as supporting the children's autonomy and encouraging them to solve math problems in their own way were associated with higher levels of parental efficacy too.

While greater levels of efficacy predicted positive emotions and expression in both the math homework and learning activity contexts, the effect was stronger with homework, according to the study.

"We know that when parents have a lot of negative affect in the homework context, it's really not good for children," Pomerantz said. "Researchers as well as others have suggested that maybe we haven't taken advantage of parents as a resource for children's math learning. So it might seem useful to get them more involved in their children's homework and have the parents do some of the teaching."

Yet the demands and perceived high stakes associated with children's homework—such as pressures to finish it on time, receive good grades and parents' unfamiliarity with computational approaches that differ from those they learned as children—can make these sessions stressful for everyone.

"Educators might consider ways of relieving that pressure, whether that's assigning a different kind of homework or conveying to parents that the assignment doesn't have to be correct, that children are going to receive credit for turning it in," Pomerantz said.

Participating in fun, low-stakes math activities could be fruitful, cultivating parents' confidence in their ability to help their children learn math while instilling in young children attitudes that math is enjoyable rather than intimidating and offers intriguing intellectual challenges.

During students' early elementary school years, cultivating parental efficacy could be as simple as telling the parents that even if they don't think they're very skilled at math, they are still capable of supporting their children 's learning, Pomerantz said.

"Telling parents that just sitting with your child, encouraging them and helping them develop a strategy is sufficient. You're going to struggle sometimes, and that's OK," she said.

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As educators and industry mull strategies for attracting more young adults to math-oriented professions, a new study in the journal Child Development suggests that children’s early experiences doing math homework and activities with their parents shape their motivation and achievement.

Cultivating a love of mathematics in young people – and inspiring the next generation of scientists, accountants and other numbers-oriented professionals – may start with low-stakes math activities that enable parents to feel effective at teaching math to their children and promote enjoyable parent-child experiences, say researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

When math homework with their parents is fraught with negativity such as parental feelings of frustration or ineptitude, children are less likely to enjoy math and tackle challenging math problems. These children also score lower on math achievement tests a year later, according to U of I graduate student Jiawen Wu and psychology professor Eva M. Pomerantz.

“Parents’ involvement in math activities such as games was more constructive than their involvement in children’s homework” because parents’ affect – their emotions and emotional expression – was more negative in the homework context, said Wu, the first author of the study. “Negative affect – such as feelings of irritation – predicts children’s lack of motivation and lower achievement over time.”

Although many studies have explored parent-child dynamics in the context of children’s homework, little is known about such dynamics surrounding math, Wu said.

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the study was co-written by Michael M. Barger, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Georgia; and U of I graduate student Dajung (Diana) Oh.

For 12 days, more than 480 parents of first or second grade students reported on their involvement in their children’s math activities and homework. Each day that they helped with these tasks, the parents used online surveys to rate how happy and content or irritated and anxious they felt during these homework and activity sessions. The parents also completed a survey that assessed how self-confident and efficacious they felt when helping their child learn math.

The majority of the parents, 80 percent, were the children’s mothers. Sixty-seven percent were white, 17 percent were Black, 8 percent were Asian, and 5 percent were Latinx. About 29 percent of the parents had less than a college degree, while 38 percent of the parents had advanced degrees.

According to the parents’ reports, their children engaged in math homework or learning activities on about three of the 12 days, with the parents helping them about 80 percent of the time with each. First grade students performed more learning activities, while second grade students had more homework assignments, the researchers found.

About 30 days after the study began, and again a year later, the researchers assessed the children’s liking for math and their preference for challenging math by asking them to create a worksheet by choosing from sets of easy and more difficult problems. Their math knowledge, calculation skills, and quantitative reasoning were evaluated with an achievement test.

The more efficacious parents felt while helping their children with math, the more math homework and learning activities their children engaged in, the researchers found. Constructive parenting behaviors such as supporting the children’s autonomy and encouraging them to solve math problems in their own way were associated with higher levels of parental efficacy too.

While greater levels of efficacy predicted positive emotions and expression in both the math homework and learning activity contexts, the effect was stronger with homework, according to the study.

“We know that when parents have a lot of negative affect in the homework context, it’s really not good for children,” Pomerantz said. “Researchers as well as others have suggested that maybe we haven’t taken advantage of parents as a resource for children’s math learning. So it might seem useful to get them more involved in their children’s homework and have the parents do some of the teaching.”

Yet the demands and perceived high stakes associated with children’s homework – such as pressures to finish it on time, receive good grades and parents’ unfamiliarity with computational approaches that differ from those they learned as children – can make these sessions stressful for everyone.

“Educators might consider ways of relieving that pressure, whether that’s assigning a different kind of homework or conveying to parents that the assignment doesn’t have to be correct, that children are going to receive credit for turning it in,” Pomerantz said.

Participating in fun, low-stakes math activities could be fruitful, cultivating parents’ confidence in their ability to help their children learn math while instilling in young children attitudes that math is enjoyable rather than intimidating and offers intriguing intellectual challenges.

During students’ early elementary school years, cultivating parental efficacy could be as simple as telling the parents that even if they don’t think they’re very skilled at math, they are still capable of supporting their children’s learning, Pomerantz said.

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Math can be a daunting subject. Not only does it cover a huge range of skills, but it’s also one of the few subjects where a strong understanding of the fundamentals is essential for future learning.

Math is taught differently now than when many parents were in school. There’s more focus on the basics, which is great (no, really, it is). But that can feel incredibly frustrating when you’re trying to help your child understand their math homework.

No matter your history with math, you can still help your child master mathematical concepts at home. And you may even have some lightbulb moments you missed in middle school.

Whether your child is struggling with math or wants to improve their skills, It’s time to ditch the math stress and tackle this subject together! Keep reading for our 14 best tips to help kids with math .

## How to help kids with math at home (even if you hate math)

If you have a less than stellar math history, it’s okay! You can still help your child learn the math they need to succeed. Here’s how.

## 1. Maintain a positive attitude

A lot of kids (and adults) feel anxiety when presented with a math problem. But if your child is struggling with a concept, that doesn’t mean they’re bad at math. You’re not bad at math either!

Math is a skill that takes practice , just like any other. You’ll learn it, even if it’s confusing right now. This just means you don’t understand it yet.

Encourage this attitude with your child to help them build their math confidence. They can grow into math understanding, but it takes time. Use a growth mindset approach and you’ll both be amazed at what you can learn.

## 2. Ask math questions that interest your child

Let’s face it — some math can be boring. If your kid doesn’t care much about trains, why should they care about how fast they’re going or where they’ll meet? Instead of pushing them to answer these standard questions, ask them about what they’re actually interested in .

Math is everywhere. You’ll find mathematical relationships throughout nature. Your child can discover angles and physics while jumping toy monster trucks. Or they can explore measurements while baking or doing crafts .

Find numbers in what they already love and watch their interest in math grow!

## 3. Encourage communication

Your kid can talk your ear off about their favorite Roblox game, but when it comes to school questions, they shut down. That’s normal, but it can also make it difficult to keep up with their studies.

When possible, try to open up some judgement-free conversations about math . Ask how it’s going and if they feel good about their new lessons. Don’t jump in and try to solve their problems right away. And be careful about remarks like, “oh, that’s easy”. If they talk, just listen.

If your child is reluctant to share, check in with their teacher. Ask about the topics they’re studying and how you can help. Then, use these insights to get the conversation going at home.

## 4. Be patient and take it slow

Math builds on itself, but that means it can be tricky to keep up if your child is struggling with a new concept. When this happens, slow down and back up. Don’t keep pushing new ideas until they understand the old ones.

This same advice works for you, too. Be patient with yourself — it’s been a while since you’ve learned 4th grade math, and the work may look a lot different now. But with some time and perseverance, you can help your child succeed.

## 5. Practice and refine math vocabulary

Math vocabulary is all around us, but that doesn’t mean we’re very comfortable with it. Try using math vocabulary in everyday language and it will slowly start feeling a lot less intimidating. Bring up percentages when you're shopping a sale, or talk about parts of a whole while cooking.

Of course, there are plenty of math words we don’t see everyday. Do you remember exponents, tangents, or the commutative property? If not, that’s totally okay! All you need is a refresher and some practice.

For example, when your child is studying areas, take some time to make sure you understand what you’re actually discovering. Understanding the bigger concept (calculating the amount of surface space vs just plugging in length and width) is what will bring those light bulb moments.

## 6. Show math in everyday life

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating — math is everywhere. It’s probably not trigonometry or pre-calculus, but you’re doing math all the time. Pay attention and you’ll catch these math moments. When you do, share them with your child.

When kids are young, just counting or sorting is a great start. As they get older, look for math lessons while baking, shopping, playing games, or talking about money. Budgeting is a major life skill that uses so much math. Find these practical math moments and help your child see the value in a math education.

## 7. Get your child to teach you math

Math looks a little different now. If your kid’s homework is confusing for you, ask them to explain their process .

This is a great connecting moment to share with your child. And it can set you up to be a better helper if they run into frustration in later lessons.

## 8. Talk about math around the house

Seriously, math is everywhere. It’s true! And that means you’re not bad at math — you do it every day! Find places to use math around your house to help your child’s math abilities come to life.

Count the slices of pizza the next time you order out, then determine the percentage of pizza everyone has eaten. Get your little ones to help you sort socks. Talk about the probability of rolling an even number during your family night board game session. Look around and you’ll find tons of opportunities!

## 9. Use online math resources

If you have access to the internet, there’s always somewhere you can get all of your math questions answered.

There are many free learning resources, like those on the Prodigy blog . Give them a read and then explore math together with your child. There are always opportunities to learn something new online, especially when it comes to math!

## 10. Try game-based learning

If you find your child getting frustrated, ditch the textbooks and worksheets and try something different.

Game-based learning is all the rage, and for good reason. Kids are naturally drawn to games , whether they’re cooperative board games or video games played on their tablets. Why? Because games are fun and exciting!

Game-based learning can take the stress out of math instruction. Kids can practice their math with just the right mix of the familiar and the challenging.

Prodigy Math , for example, is a game-based learning platform where players explore fantasy worlds, build characters and battle friends — all while answering curriculum-aligned math questions !

The adaptive algorithm always adjusts to math your child’s grade and skill level, so they can grow their math confidence while you take a homework break. And with your own parent account, you can support their learning and keep track of what they’re working on.

## 11. Join education-based parent groups

Looking for new and effective ways to help your child with their studies? Join some parent-led groups focused on education (try the Prodigy Parent Community on Facebook!). Online or local in-person groups are great for finding a variety of tips and tricks to help you help your child.

Homeschooling groups are a great place to start. Or ask other parents from your child’s class how they’re coping with the newest lesson. You can even use Instagram to find parent influencers sharing their best ideas for helping your child learn. Parents understand the struggle, and they’re here to help!

## 12. Keep the workspace neat and tidy

Where does your child do most of their homework?

If they’re working at the kitchen table, help them stay focused by removing distractions from the area. If they have their own desks, remind them to neaten it up every now and again. Math requires focus, and a cluttered space can lead to a distracted mind.

## 13. Provide homework help

It’s rare that a child loves doing homework. It’s already been a long day, and it’s understandable if they just want to get back to the things they love. If your child is really struggling with homework, offer to help!

It’s frustrating to look at the same problem over and over and never see the solution. That’s not helping them learn — it’s just breaking their confidence. Instead, step in with a fresh set of eyes and tackle it together. Talk through the problem and give a new perspective. It may be just what they need for their next “a-ha” moment.

## 14. Consider getting a math tutor

As your child moves into high school math courses, you may reach the end of your math comfort levels. In this case, look at your child’s math tutoring options.

Another student in class may do the trick. But if that’s not the right fit, find an experienced educator, whether you’re looking for in-person or online tutoring sessions . This may be just the thing your child needs to boost their academic confidence.

If your child barely makes it through their nightly math problems, look for ways to add a little fun to their practice.

Is there a way to relate their latest math lesson to one of their favorite things? For elementary students, think of beloved TV show characters or toys. Early math (like addition and subtraction) is easy to take off the page with their favorite toy collection. Create a set of rocks or stuffed animals. Then add, take away and sort.

Even high school math can be better understood using fun learning moments. Angles can be explored while playing a game of pool. Or throw a Pi day extravaganza, complete with delicious treats. Get creative, and be sure to celebrate their math wins along the way!

## Look for signs of math struggle

It’s normal for your child to run into some difficulty in their math classes. Math is a complicated subject, and it can get very abstract at times. Encourage them to keep trying and use our tips above to help them along their learning journey.

But sometimes the struggle can build to a point where they may need additional help. Talk with your child’s teacher if you notice any of these signs of school struggle:

- Falling grades
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of communication
- Change in emotional state
- Lack of enthusiasm about school

Your child may not communicate the stress they feel, but try talking with them. They may have just fallen behind and have lost some of their confidence with math. Or it may be more than just math class affecting their mood. Open up communication to figure out the cause of their struggles, then brainstorm a solution plan together with their teacher.

Over the last couple of years, many have felt the pressure of trying to be both parent and teacher. If you find both you and your kids struggling with their math lessons, step back and try Prodigy Math.

This engaging learning platform can help you keep math learning fun and your child’s confidence high!

To them, it’s a fun video game they can enjoy during screen time. But while they’re enjoying the exciting world of Prodigy, they can practice math while you monitor their progress from the parent dashboard.

Prodigy meets your child where they are and keeps them on track with grade standards. No more butting heads or stressful kitchen table math lessons.

Give Prodigy Math a try today and take the stress out of your evenings!

## 10 tips for helping your child with math homework

From kindergarten through 12th grade, students often have math homework several times each week. During the thirteen years of school, there comes a time when parents no longer feel they have the math skills to help their students succeed in math. Fortunately, parents have several options to turn to so they can still provide some assistance. Math tips for parents help parents help their children with tough math concepts.

## Trust the process

Before parents doubt their skills and their children’s skills, it’s important to remember that teachers usually have a plan and a process. It’s perfectly acceptable for children to struggle through a tough concept, especially since many people learn from mistakes.

One of the best math tips for parents involves encouraging children to trust their children’s ability to learn. Rather than doing the assignment for them, parents can help their children learn by telling a story about a time they struggled but eventually figured it out. Everyone learns at different rates so rather than complaining about math, parents should encourage children to believe in their ability to learn and to understand that making mistakes is a part of the process.

Parents should stay positive, avoiding negative language about math. The process involves the struggle, and parents should praise their child’s work ethic as they learn by practicing and making mistakes.

## Consider the math muscle

If your child needed to learn to shoot a free throw, you would give your child plenty of opportunities to practice. Children need to exercise their math muscles by getting opportunities to practice. If you’re wondering how to help your child with math at home, the key to success is making it fun - like practicing a sport or a game.

## Encourage your child to teach math concepts to you

Teachers know that if a student can explain a concept to someone else, they know it. Even if your child is struggling with a math problem, get your child to talk about the concept by teaching it to you.

Talking through the concept is a positive way to help your kids with math. When your child teaches you the subject, they reinforce their own learning. While they teach you the concept, have them show you how to solve a problem. You can help your child in math by listening to your child help you.

## Remind your child that learning takes time

If your child is frustrated with a new math concept, remind your child that learning takes time. Math is a perfect example of a subject that involves time and patience. Remember that students begin learning math concepts when they are in preschool, and they continue learning math into 12th grade and college.

Remind your child that if they are truly confused about a concept, they can ask their teacher for help. Teachers cannot read their students’ minds, so it is important for children to ask for help if they need it.

## Make math fun at home

Even if you don’t like math, you can still make math fun and accessible for your child. Helping your child learn mathematics doesn’t have to feel like school. Your child can learn more about math by helping you with cooking and baking. They can also measure things around the house and help you count real money. Children love to play games, so keep some math-related games around the house.

## Talk about school and what your child learned

When your child gets home from school, don’t just ask how school was. Ask specific questions so your child can tell you what they learned. Ask your child to show you what they did in math today. Giving your child the opportunity to explain the concept while it’s still fresh in their memories helps them cement their learning.

When you talk to your child about what they are in school, be enthusiastic and inquisitive without being judgmental or critical. Let your child lead the conversation. Give your child time to talk, and be prepared for your child to stop and think. Don’t talk over your children or put words in your child’s mouth. Kids need to think as they speak, so they often stop to look for the words they need to say.

## Confirm your child’s successes

Helping with math can be as easy as recognizing your child’s successes. Children will take risks with learning when they know they have support from their families. Rather than praising their grades, praise their efforts to earn them.

## Teach your child to advocate for themselves

Children need to learn how to advocate for themselves. When parents constantly make phone calls to the teacher, children never get the chance to help themselves. Rather than making phone calls to learn about your child’s weaknesses in math, help your child by encouraging your child to talk to the teacher and get the help they need.

Let your child take the lead on asking for help. If you want to be sure your child talks to the teacher, let the teacher know your plan and check if your child followed through by asking for help.

## Get a tutor if necessary

Some children need additional help with math concepts. Because children learn in different ways, many benefit from learning from a different person. Math tutors know the curriculum in the local schools, and they know how to present the information in different ways. Most tutors will help students in person or virtually.

## Stop the drill, kill, and speed rounds

When parents were learning math, their teachers used the drill and kill method - which is probably why parents aren’t fans of the subject. Today’s students don’t need to speed their way through learning multiplication tables. They need to have time to think about math. Instead, use music, puzzles, games, and shopping trips to make math fun and playful.

Don’t buy any math workbook, instead find video games and apps on your computers and tablets so children can connect math with play and enjoy the process of learning.

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## How To Conquer Math Anxiety With Your Kids

Math homework can be a huge stressor for kids and parents alike. The founder of Bedtime Math offers tips to make math homework a better experience.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a parent tell me, “I’m just not a math person.”

As a mom of three and the founder of Bedtime Math , a nonprofit with an aim to inspire a love of math in children, I know the subject can be inspiring and empowering for kids—not to mention integral to our daily lives. But I also know that of the many challenges parents have to juggle these days, their kid’s math homework is one that can cause far too much anxiety. Even before the pandemic, Facebook was flooded with posts from parents weeping over third-grade math homework.

If you’re one of those parents, you’re far from alone. A 2021 OnePoll study found 56% of parents feel “hopeless” when attempting to help their kids with math homework.

It turns out there are lots of reasons why. Math is taught differently these days, making even simple topics look unfamiliar and intimidating to parents. The often-dry curricula can turn homework into drudgery, also reducing kids’ motivation to dig in and learn.

What’s more, we parents didn’t always get such strong math instruction ourselves. I’ve had a lot of parents—friends and complete strangers—unload their worst childhood math class memories on me. Some of them endured public humiliation for getting a wrong answer. Others remember days or weeks where they didn’t understand the topics flying by, until they finally just stopped trying to catch up.

But here’s the thing: research shows that when parents are anxious about math and try helping their kids with homework, their kids learn significantly less math in the school year and also have more math anxiety.

As parents, we want to model smarts and fearlessness to our kids. And when it comes to elementary math, we definitely can. All parents need is a little guidance, a mindset shift, and some support. I want to help parents set the same stage for their children. Even if you’re feeling intimidated by fractions or leery of percentages, these four tips can help you help your child succeed.

## Erase Your Own Math Hesitancy

Many parents report that they don’t even recognize the newer methods of math instruction. In fact, that aforementioned study found 70% of parents say it’s harder for them to solve math homework today even though they remember what they learned in school. But today’s math is the very same math you learned back in the day. The dance steps may differ, but the end goal is the same: You’re adding two numbers, you’re finding the fraction of a quantity, and so on.

Instead of signaling to your kids that you hate math or are bad at it, project math positivity and dive in with them. The simplest way to do this? Start at the beginning. When your child learns to count and add, count and add along with them. Get speedy together with your times tables. Even if you’re going in midstream with a middle-elementary child, back up and figure out the earliest place where you’re not comfortable, master it, and move on.

## Help Them Find Success

Let homework be a chance to taste the thrill of success. Math is a journey to the right answer, not a gotcha of rights and wrongs. If your child gives an incorrect answer, simply ask, “How did you get that?” As kids unpack their reasoning, they tend to find the error themselves. This builds true understanding of the topic as well as confidence, since they figured it out without anyone’s help.

And, when your child has nailed the right answer, stretch a little. Ask, “How about doubling that, like the big fifth graders do?” or “Can you add 100 to that?” Unlike at school, at home you actually have time to explore, and kids feel huge pride when they do something harder than what’s in class.

## Make Math a Fun Part of Every Day

I did this with my own kids by listening to what they talked about at dinner—flamingos, pillow forts, or chocolate chips—then making up math questions about it at bedtime. (This was the inspiration behind the Bedtime Math app .) For instance, If you have four flamingoes and half are standing on both legs but half are standing on just one leg, how many flamingo feet are on the floor? The key is not to pick a math topic and force it to be fun. It’s to figure out what kids find fun, then find the math in that.

Here’s how: Point out to kids that math pops up everywhere, like when you set a timer, pull out a ruler, or look at a clock. When that leads to a fun, on-the-spot challenge—who has the longest hair?—kids are energized and interested.

You can also tie math skills to everyday tasks. For example, explain how knowing your numbers helps you press the right button in an elevator. Being able to count down means making change correctly at their lemonade stand or getting to the movies on time. (You can find more real-life examples here.)

Helping kids understand the connection between what they’re learning in math and the real world engages their curiosity and brings relevance to learning.

## Do a Math Assessment With Your Kid

You don’t have to be a math expert to see when your kid is struggling. To size up your kids’ math skills yourself, toss age-appropriate questions into casual conversation. For example, ask your kindergartner to start counting from a number other than 1, such as 7. If they have to whisper “123456” before saying 7, they’ve probably just memorized the names of the numbers. For a second grader, ask, “Nana is 68 years old, so in what year was she born?” While your child wrestles with the question, you are assessing whether they can do multi-digit subtraction—a key standard for second and third grade.

Quick checkups like these help you determine where your child stands in math. If you can’t help them yourself (totally OK!), that can be an important piece of information you can then bring to their teacher.

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## 5 Effective Homework Tips for Parents: A Guide to Help Your Child Excel in Math

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Welcome, parents! Dealing frequently with math homework can become quite a challenge for you and your child. But don’t worry! We’ve got the solutions to help you navigate this somewhat perplexing journey of numbers and variables, increasing your and your child’s skills and comfort with mathematics. In this article, we’ll share five practical and effective tips to make the homework process smoother and more productive.

Remember, the aim is not just to get the homework done, but to build a solid foundation of skills and understanding that will foster your child’s independence and creative problem-solving abilities. Homework can be an opportunity for learning, not merely a chore.

So, put on your learning hats, parents! It’s time to redefine the traditional approach and get the homework help you and your child need!

## The Importance Of Homework In Math Education

Homework plays a crucial role in improving your children’s academic performance, particularly in math. It serves as an extension of the day’s lesson, allowing them to practice and apply what they’ve learned. But how can you, as a parent, facilitate this learning process and make it more effective? Parents/guardians can help facilitate a child’s education in various ways, but today we will be focusing on our top 5 ways to help.

## 1. Understanding Your Child’s Math Homework

Math can certainly be a perplexing subject. It’s entirely probable that your child’s math homework seems like an enigma wrapped in a riddle for you too. But don’t worry—you can still assist your child in this mind-training battleground. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

- Clarifying the Assignment: One of the first steps to helping your child with their math homework is to understand what the assignment asks. Go over the directions together and ask your child to explain the task to you in their own words. This could be just the thing to help them comprehend the problem better.
- Identify Key Concepts: Try to identify the key math concepts in the homework. Whether it’s multiplication, fractions, or algebra, understanding these concepts can help provide the framework your child needs to solve the problems .
- Use Available Resources: Textbooks, notes, and even online resources can be invaluable when trying to understand your child’s math homework. Use these whenever possible to fill in gaps in understanding and provide additional context or explanations.

Patience plays a vital role in this process. It’s absolutely normal for both you and your child to feel frustrated when things don’t seem to make sense at first. Remember, it’s more about fostering the lesson of persistence and problem-solving than just getting all the answers right in the homework.

“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple,” said Stan Gudder, a renowned mathematician. So let’s strive to understand one numerical puzzle at a time together!

## 2. Creating A Positive Study Environment

It’s crucial that your child has a conducive environment for learning . That said, creating a positive study environment is more than just having a quiet place for your kids to work. It’s about setting the tone, the mood, and the mindset for academic success.

Tip 1: Keep Distractions at Bay

All too often, homework time can be interrupted by distractions. Phones buzzing, TVs blaring, or siblings bickering can hinder concentration. Before your child gets to business, ensure their workspace is free from any potential distractions. The absence of interruptions allows for effective study time, improving the learning process.

Tip 2: Organize the Study Space

A clean, organized study space can significantly boost productivity. Clutter can be visually distracting and decrease concentration. Encourage your child to keep their workspace tidy and organized. An orderly workspace can make homework time less stressful and more productive.

Tip 3: Equip the Study Space with Essential Supplies

Having all the necessary study supplies close at hand is key to staying focused. Math homework often requires pencils, paper, rulers, calculators and other supplies. Keeping these items in their designated places can save your child precious time they would otherwise spend looking for them.

Tip 4: Set a Regular Homework Schedule

Consistency is vital when it comes to homework. Setting a regular homework time can create a routine, reducing the resistance to starting homework and increasing the chance that homework will be completed on time. Figure out a time that works best for your child and stick to it.

Remember, each child is different, and what works for one may not necessarily work for another. Your role as a parent is to provide support, encouragement, and a conducive learning environment .

## 3. Encouraging Independence In Math Homework

Try to remember that the ultimate goal of homework isn’t just proper problem-solving, but developing self-efficacy and skill independence. So how can you encourage this in your child while helping with their math homework? Let’s explore some strategies.

Gradual Release of Responsibility:

This instructional model works like a charm in encouraging your child to take ownership of their math homework. The strategy contains three phases – I do, We do, You do. Initially, you work on the problem, then you both work together on a similar problem, and finally, the child does it independently. It’s okay if they struggle a bit—it’s all part of the learning process.

Socratic Questioning:

Rather than directly lending a hand when they’re stuck, try asking questions that can guide their thinking towards a solution. For example, “What do you think should be the first step to solve this problem?” or “Can you think about a similar problem we solved before?” This method encourages your child to reflect upon and utilize their knowledge and problem-solving skills , promoting independence.

Demonstrate Persistence:

Show them that it’s okay to not understand something quickly. Share instances when you struggled with similar problems and how you worked persistently until you figured it out. This conveys a positive attitude towards learning and illustrates that challenges can be overcome with determination and a positive mindset.

Celebrate Efforts, Not Just Outcomes:

The best kind of encouragement comes from acknowledging your child’s strife, not just their triumphs. Make it a point to celebrate their hard work, dedication, and progress, even if they didn’t get the answer exactly right. Making an effort is the first key to success.

Remember, it’s less about getting it right every single time and more about cultivating a positive attitude toward math homework. As parents, you are an essential part of the equation. So, make sure you’re leading by example, framing struggles as opportunities to learn, and always fostering a love for math.

## 4. Setting Realistic Homework Expectations

Let’s face it – we all want our children to excel in school, especially in subjects like math, which lay the groundwork for many future career paths. However, it’s essential to set realistic expectations when it comes to your child’s math homework. Here’s how:

Understand the purpose of homework

The primary objective of homework is to reinforce what your child learns at school each day. Remember that math is a subject that builds on previous knowledge, and homework presents a unique opportunity for your child to practice and consolidate their understanding. It’s less about getting all the answers right and more about learning from the process.

Be realistic about your child’s abilities

Every child is unique and progresses at their own pace. Comparing your child’s academic performance with other children may lead to unnecessary stress and frustration. Celebrate the small victories, like mastering a challenging concept or improving in a test score , instead of focusing only on the mistakes.

Establish manageable goals

Large, overwhelming tasks can seem daunting, especially to young children. Break down the homework into manageable chunks. This makes the work seem less intimidating, and your child will feel a sense of accomplishment as they complete each section. For instance, if your child has a long list of math problems to solve, you might have them work on 5 problems at a time with short breaks in between.

Manage time effectively

Homework is a child’s responsibility. While it’s okay to help, avoid the temptation to do the work for them. Instead, help them plan how much time they need to devote to their homework to keep things manageable. A regular, consistent homework schedule can prevent last-minute rush and reduce homework-related stress.

Remember, the goal is to improve over time, not to achieve perfection overnight. By setting realistic expectations and helping your child develop good study habits , you’re guiding them towards long-term success in math – and beyond.

## 5. Using Everyday Examples To Reinforce Math Concepts

One of the best ways to aid your child in their math homework is to incorporate it into their day-to-day life. As math is all around us , this can make the subject more relatable and less intimidating. Let’s explore a few ways you can do this.

- Supermarket Sum: When you’re grocery shopping with your child, ask them to add up the prices or calculate discounts. This helps reinforce addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills.
- Recipe Ratios: Baking or cooking together is an excellent way to bring fractions and ratios to life. You can ask your child to double the recipe or reduce it to half.
- Sports Statistics: If your child is a sports enthusiast, use that interest to stress the importance of math. Explain how batting averages, distances, and scores are calculated.
- Travel Time: On the way to school or during long car trips, challenge them to guess the time arrival based on current speed and distance. This strengthens their number sense and grasp of multiplication and division.

By integrating these types of activities into everyday life , your child will see how math applies to real-world situations. When they understand why the skills they are learning are essential, they will feel more motivated to succeed in their math homework.

Utilizing Online Resources For Extra Practice

It’s no secret that technology is a major part of our lives today . Your child no doubt interacts with it on a daily basis, so why not use it as a useful tool for math homework? A multitude of online resources exist that cater to varying learning styles, making it possible to find the perfect study aid for your child.

It’s important to remember that each child is unique and will likely learn best with a method tailored to their particular style, pace, and interests . Be patient, take the time to try out different resources, and see what works best for your child. It may be a process of trial and error, but the benefit of understanding and mastering their math homework is a reward in itself.

However, remember that online resources should be used to supplement, not replace, the learning that takes place in the classroom. It’s essential to maintain a balance between digital and traditional learning methods. Engaging with your child as they work through their math homework is fundamental to developing their understanding and building their confidence in the subject.

Remember, the goal of homework isn’t to get all the answers right, but to foster a learning mindset and develop lifelong problem-solving skills. Utilizing online resources can provide extra practice and reinforce concepts learned in class, making math homework a more productive and less stressful experience for both of you.

In conclusion, as a parent, you are a vital part of your child’s education. Assisting them with their math homework can be both rewarding and challenging. Understanding the role of homework in learning, having a good grasp of your child’s assignments, and creating an encouraging study space can make the process smoother and build your children’s confidence. Cultivating your child’s independence fosters their lifelong learning skills. Furthermore, setting achievable goals, managing time wisely, and bringing math into everyday life can significantly enhance their learning experience. Online tools can be invaluable resources for extra practice. Remember, your patience and unwavering support can do wonders in helping your child succeed in math.

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## 25 Activities that Help Kids with Math

Is math homework giving you a headache? Do you dread hearing the words, “I hate math!” While math may not appeal to some children, it is helpful to everyday living, and strong math skills can open doors to exciting jobs after graduation. This school year, build a positive outlook and help your children do better in math by showing them it can be interesting and fun.

Here are 25 activities to support your efforts.

- Use measuring and fraction skills when you bake or cook with your children. This is a great way to show them the relevance of math in everyday life.
- At the grocery store, have your child figure out how many pounds of produce to get without going over a certain dollar amount. For example, say “Please weigh and bring me three dollars worth of granny smith apples.”
- Study and graph weather. Make bar graphs, circle graphs or pictographs for sunny, rainy, cloudy or snowy days. Find the mean, median, range and mode for the high and low temperatures each month.
- Research cool careers that use math. Some interesting ones include architect, astronaut, fashion designer, forensic analyst and computer programmer. A fun resource for tweens and teens is the book Careers: The Graphic Guide to Finding the Perfect Job for You.
- Learn about the lives of famous mathematicians and what they accomplished (for instance, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and John Nash, who inspired the movie, “A Beautiful Mind”).
- Let your kids plan a special dinner. Then give them a budget and let them shop for the ingredients without going over the budget.
- Volunteer in your child’s math class. You will discover what your child is learning, the teacher’s expectations and how to better help your child at home.
- If your child is struggling in math, ask your child’s teacher to recommend a tutor or call the math department at your local high school or university to find a qualified tutor.
- Plan a trip together and calculate the miles you will travel at a designated speed. Predict how long it will take to get there.
- Give your child an allowance that she has to manage. Together decide how much she will save, spend and give away.
- If your child is a teen with a job, help her write a budget and open a savings account.
- When shopping for a new toy, backpack or school supplies, look at sale flyers from several stores. Have your child find which store has the best bargain.
- Play “store” with young children. Let them pick out toys and household items and put price tags on them. Then give them money to practice counting and paying for the items.
- Read math picture books like The Greedy Triangle, The Grapes of Math, The Doorbell Rang, The Very Hungry Caterpillar or How Big is a Foot?
- Have your tween or teen pick out the make, model and year of a car they would like to buy when they are 18. Look up the value of the car and figure out how much they will have to earn every week until they are 18 to buy the car.
- Walk around your house and find examples of parallel and perpendicular lines in doorways, walls, furniture and more.
- Find various geometric shapes around your house and neighborhood. Draw or take photographs and label the shapes and what they comprise (for instance, the roof, the mailbox, the deck railing) and make a book about shapes for a younger sibling.
- Have daily countdowns to special events.
- Don’t promote gender stereotypes that suggest boys are better at math and girls are better at reading. Research shows that while girls do well in math in middle school and high school, women are underrepresented in post-graduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs.
- Play card games that involve math (for example, Uno and Crazy Eights).
- Make up a word problem of the day and have your child solve it. Keep it fun and funny.
- Cut food into fractions and talk about it. Use the food fractions to introduce equivalent fractions.
- Take a tour of your local bank. Talk to your child about words like loan, interest and principal.
- Celebrate Pi Day in March. Talk about what it means and why it’s important. Make your child’s favorite pie o r check out our list of The Best Places to Get Pie in San Diego !
- Keep math resources on hand. Tools like rulers, tape measures, tangrams, pattern blocks, play money, fraction bars, counters and geometric shapes are great for kids to make discoveries while playing. Also keep a good math dictionary on your bookshelf to help with terms you may have forgotten.

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## 10 Best FREE Websites to Help Parents with Math Homework

Holy crap .

That math homework is H-A-R-D! The last time that you tried to do that kind of math, you were the same age as your kid.

And equally lost.

But your child need help, and you have no clue. Now what?

## Check out these FREE websites for math help, grades K-12!

Khan academy.

This is the BEST website , in my opinion. Not only can you learn about your child’s math homework, you can watch a video on it. Your child can also join their FREE learning program. It helps kids (and parents) to learn new math skills, or practice things they already know.

## Ms. Munafo’s YouTube Channel

This teacher’s YouTube channel is simple, clean and basic. Ms. Munafo explains all things fourth grade math using easy to understand language and visuals. She gives clear explanations, and shows several examples. Even if your child is past fourth grade, getting some insight on the easier things might help everyone learn more!

Check out this video on fractions:

## Homeschool Math

This website offers FREE lessons from PreK-Middle/High School across many core concepts. There are visuals with clear written explanations, free worksheets, and ideas for games or activities. If you need something to print, this might be the place.

## SoftSchools

This is another great all-in-one website: concepts broken down, online games, free worksheets. Seriously awesome! I use worksheets from here in my classroom regularly.

This won’t help YOU explain math, but it will help your child get a good foundation in the basic skills (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing). Yes, it is a drill website, but I love it! The “drills” are set up like video games: fun and engaging. Kids are racing only against themselves or the clock. And students can’t move on until they have mastered the current concept. Plus, it’s FREE!

## Free Math Help

This is more for the middle and high school crowd, and it’s great. The explanations are written out, so you could print out pages to serve as reminders. There are also visuals to help students understand what a certain kind of problem might look like.

## Doctor Genius

This site covers students in grade K-6, and hits on the big concepts. It’s not so much explanations for parents as it is online practice for kids. Once you choose a topic, you can select a difficulty level (noted by the dots to the left of each option).

## Algebra.Help

For kids (and parents) in grade 7-12, this is where it’s at. The front page has all the topics listed based on concept. When you click on a topic, like Factoring, it gives you a quick overview. And then walks you through the concept, step-by-step. With examples. LOVE this!

## Sheppard Software

Also not a website to LEARN, but to practice. This is a great way to gamify tough concepts and make math a little bit more fun.

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You might remember these for SAT prep or helping you through AP English, but now it’s so much more! These are definitely aimed at people with a good grasp of language. So, maybe not for your elementary aged child to read, but for you to read before helping your kiddo. The guides start right around when the math really gets tough: fourth/fifth grade.

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