Mathematics is a subject all children take in school. Some children love mathematics while others struggle. Often the children who struggle in mathematics wonder aloud about the reasons for learning math at all. If your child asks a similar question, or feels that math is a waste of time, be prepared to explain the importance of math in her life.

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Young elementary school children begin with basic arithmetic. The courses throughout the early grades cover the beginning foundations of math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and roots. A publication from Northern Illinois University explains that the other divisions of mathematics include algebra, geometry and analysis, part of which is calculus. If your child is to succeed in math classes beyond basic arithmetic and algebra, be sure he has a good early foundation.

As Maths Week aims to promote the positive aspects of the subject, we must all be sure to make our children aware of its practical uses in life, writes Eoin Gill.

ALL across Ireland this week over 100,000 people are taking part in a festival of maths events.

Maths Week is a cooperative effort of almost 50 partners: universities, institutes of technology, professional bodies, visitor centres and other groups interested in promoting maths. Hundreds of schools are also taking part, arranging special activities to engage their pupils with maths.

The events highlight the importance of maths as well as getting people to think of maths in a new way.

As we progress through school, maths does get harder and many students develop negative attitudes towards the subject. Unfortunately, these negative notions have become very popular. It’s seen by some as difficult and irrelevant — how often do we hear people say "I can’t do maths" or "why do I need to bother learning something so difficult when I will never use it again in my life?"

Well, the reality is that everybody can do maths and it’s extremely important in life.

Maths Week is a cooperative effort of almost 50 partners: universities, institutes of technology, professional bodies, visitor centres and other groups interested in promoting maths. Hundreds of schools are also taking part, arranging special activities to engage their pupils with maths.

The events highlight the importance of maths as well as getting people to think of maths in a new way.

As we progress through school, maths does get harder and many students develop negative attitudes towards the subject. Unfortunately, these negative notions have become very popular. It’s seen by some as difficult and irrelevant — how often do we hear people say "I can’t do maths" or "why do I need to bother learning something so difficult when I will never use it again in my life?"

Well, the reality is that everybody can do maths and it’s extremely important in life.

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