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Going Beyond
One Hour of Math a Day

As EQAO assessment results show declining math scores over the past years, the Ontario government is funding and implementing new strategies, such as at least one hour of math a day, to improve the quality of math education in elementary schools. This increased time and exposure to the subject in school is certainly beneficial to students, but there are also many things that parents can do to further help children excel in math.


Math cannot be efficiently learned and practised in only one hour a day. To succeed, children must be able to apply it in relevant daily life contexts. To strengthen children’s understanding of math concepts, parents can simply start by asking their children what they learn in Math class. Encouraging children to explain and share what they are taught in class will help reinforce the concepts that they have learned. In addition, parents can incorporate the math concepts that their children are learning into day-to-day activities. For example, when going shopping, parents can have their children compose the money amount needed for a payment or find the total cost of a purchase.


Along with strengthening math concepts, children also need sufficient practice in performing and applying math calculations. Supplementary exercises in the form of workbooks and activity books are great resources that provide the extra practice children need to be quick, proficient, and accurate when performing math calculations.


Apart from understanding math concepts and having sufficient practice, self-confidence is also key to mathematical success. Children need to be encouraged to form a positive attitude toward math. Parents’ encouragement can immensely help in motivating their children and preventing them from feeling too discouraged with the subject.

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