Treat math as exciting _ Use bright objects to explain basic concepts of addition and subtraction. This is the nice thing about math. It opens you up to a world of opportunities. I used my floor tiles to explain the concept of area. Apples and other colorful fruits can be used to demonstrate addition and subtraction easily. Fractions are better understood when they can be visualized so use their regular picture puzzles to explain fractions _ they are pieces of a whole so why not? The same thing applies to pieces of apples and oranges. Flash cards and games also spark interest _ some teachers/parents swear by the math smart card games. Download some of the free math worksheets and resources online; some are very creative. I cannot emphasize this enough. The internet has a wealth of fun math resources.
Another important thing you must do as a parent is ensure that you are helping them with their homework. Make sure that every night they get homework, they spend time away from their friends and the television and sit down to concentrate on their work. This might seem daunting at first, but if you spend time with them and help them when they need your help, you can stress the importance of studying, and how it doesn't have to be as daunting and as boring as they think. Help them with their math worksheets every evening, whether they're working on the multiplication table or division, so that they can continue to succeed during their school career.