Mathematics plays a crucial role in academics and beyond. Without a strong foundation in basic math, children may struggle to grasp advanced concepts and limiting their career opportunities. But surprisingly, math is a challenging subject for many. According to a survey of teens aged 13-17, 37% of students found math harder than any other subject.
Basic math skills also help develop problem-solving abilities necessary for practical situations in everyday life, improving confidence and self-esteem. Therefore, creating a solid foundation in basic math skills is imperative since the subject is crucial in many aspects of our daily lives.
Although fundamental math lessons such as counting, addition, multiplication, and division are as easy as they come, ignorance of the same can have long-lasting effects on one’s academic, personal, and professional life.
This blog will explore seven neat tricks to engage children in learning math and enjoy it rather than be intimidated by the subject.
1. Have fun with math
Technology has simplified math learning. Children can have fun with math thanks to online math games, math apps, interactive whiteboards, YouTube videos, online math communities, and so on.
You can choose fun math activities online or create your own, but the goal should be to make them entertaining and engaging.
2. Real-life applications
Do you know that cooking, baking, drawing, and other activities can help children learn math? Here are a few activities that can be used to make math fun.
- Cooking: Don’t be surprised! It is true that children can learn about fractions, measurements, and basic arithmetic by measuring ingredients and following recipes. So, involve them in baking and cooking.
- Board Games: One of the oldest methods to make math fun is board games such as Monopoly, Moonpreneur Business Board Game, Chess, and Checkers. These games help children in developing critical thinking skills and improve problem-solving skills.
- Money Management: Indulging children in activities such as creating a budget, tracking expenses, and saving can help them develop strong math skills while learning important life skills.
- Art: I can notice raised eyebrows. But it is a fact that art can teach children about shapes, patterns, and geometry. Drawing, painting, and creating geometric designs can help children improve their math skills while expressing their creativity.
3. Hands-on Learning
Try to engage them in hands-on activities, such as counting with blocks or Legos and using geometry to better explain math concepts. It has been scientifically proven that children learn best when actively engaged in the learning process.
4. Be Positive and Supportive
It is crucial to encourage and assist children who face challenges with math. Not just that, but refrain from making negative comments as well. This will make learning stress-free. Strive to maintain a positive and supportive attitude toward math.
Encouragement and positivity can go a long way in building a child’s confidence in math.
5. Encourage Questions
Encourage children to think outside the box and develop questions and doubts. This can help them explore alternative problem-solving techniques and gain a deeper understanding of math concepts.
6. Ask them to play a teacher
You could try role reversal. Request that your child teach you what they’ve learned. They can also teach a sibling or a friend. Being a teacher and assisting others in learning gives children confidence and self-esteem.
Finally, generously reward them for each successful lesson to keep them motivated.
7. Make Math Practice Part of Everyday Life
In everyday activities, you can use math to count the steps taken or the time it takes to complete a task. Use math and educational websites to supplement math practice at home. Encourage mental math exercises such as calculating and adding up the cost of their items in a trolley, like stationery and chocolates. You can also ask them to keep a math journal in which they can record their thoughts, ideas, and questions about math.
It will not be a stressful learning experience for children as long as it is part of a routine. While the subject’s intimidation of children is understandable, we have devised methods to engage them in learning math while having fun. It is your responsibility to properly use such methods and tricks to guide and support them in moving forward and achieving a solid foundation in mathematics.
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