We all remember struggling with times table worksheets as kids. We may not have had the best teachers to guide us, but you can be the ideal teacher that kids need and help them strive in Math! Personally, I remember math being fun up until grade 11. (This is when we started calculus.) I always had great teachers that explained concepts well and I enjoyed the logic and puzzle side of Math.
I think I stopped enjoying math during because
- Concepts were not taught well
- Less practice
- Not fun anymore
It’s important to go beyond the pencil and paper to make math a learning revel in that’s fun for you and your kids. Math can be quite simple, and this short guide goes over 5 easy strategies that you can use to help teach Math to your kids. (Or even yourself!)
Counting / Arithmetic
1, 2, 3, 4…
Teaching math begins with your child knowing numbers. Counting is the first stepping step in learning math. You can help them discover ways of counting such as
- Using your hands as well as their hands to count to 10
- Counting the amount of toys they have
- Make a song out of numbers
Start small (ex. 1 – 10) and incrementally move on (ex. 11 – 20 and so on.)
Children may also respond better to memorizing numbers you repeat or may also pick up numbers by seeing you counting from one to ten. A method that may work for one in all your children might not be right for another. Gauge every toddler individually. (ThoughtCo)
Once your child has the foundation of counting, you’re well equipped to move on and work on some simple math principles.
Playing Math Games
Just doing math work sheets can be boring. With kids having access to iPads, computers and phones at younger ages, math games and apps can be a powerful tool for academic success. Math can grow to become an enjoyment for kids rather than an educational drill.
Here are a list of current video games on the market that your child can use to learn math skills.
- Hi Ho Cherry-O
- Monster Math
- Splash Math
- Kids Math
- Learny (Launching Soon)
All of these apps are fun and provide a positive learning environment for children and a great start for math games. What makes Learny unique is that unlike these apps, children get rewarded for doing their math homework. You can earn “Learny Bucks” by practicing math and redeem them for prizes such as Fortnite V-bucks, Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, NERF and so much more.
Visit http://www.learny.co to get early access!
Monster Math has a great practice app with a thrilling story line as well as being able to “journey through multiple worlds”. With over 1 million users, this app is a great tool to help children learn in a fun environment.
Get an Abacus
Even the smallest hands love sliding abacus beads back and forth along the wire. An abacus can be used to teach kids addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
According to FasTracKids an Abacus is considered to be one of the fastest ways of calculating and learning maths. Faster than a calculator, not only does abacus maths gift young learners the opportunity to shine in the language of maths from a really young age, but it also provides a solid foundation for learning the language of maths in primary and high school.
With an abacus, kids develop problem-solving skills. There’s a logic behind using an abacus, so be sure you know what group of numbers each colored bead represents to accurately use it.
Other important benefits of abacus maths include the following:
- Boosts better and faster calculation skills.
- Increases endurance for stress and pressure.
- Improves problem-solving abilities.
- Teaches clearer logical reasoning.
- Provides a solid learning foundation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
- Increases memory power and sharpens overall mental formation.
And many more. You can check out the full article at FasTracKids
Use Flash Cards
Flashcards can show you what 2+2 equals, but letting kids get hands-on experience with counting may work better. Evaluate your child’s learning preferences by trying both flashcards and hands-on experience.
Some children learn better by seeing the answer on a card or counting pictures on a card. Others won’t truly get the concept of math until you let them count physical objects. Mix up your math lessons to see which method seems to be working best for your child.
Make Math a Daily Activity
You’re not trying to get your child to become the next Einstein, but consistent practice will only help your child become better at math.
ThoughtCo suggests using math in your day-to-day routine. How? Help your child get the most out of your math lessons when you incorporate it into your daily life while setting goals they can achieve.
ThoughtCo provides possible activities what you can do with your child
- At a red light, how many blue cars do you see?
- At the grocery store, how many boxes of crackers could we buy if we only have $10?
- At the doctor’s office, how many kids will be left in the waiting room when three are called to the back?
- If we only ate 1/4 of our lunch, how much would we have left?
- How much will diapers cost if they’re 25 percent off?
- On the freeway, how much do the numbers on the license plate in front of us add up to?
- How many shirts are you putting into the washing machine?
- If you need to divide eight quarters among four people at the arcade, how many quarters would each person get?
Math doesn’t have to involve boring, worksheets that scares your child away. Whether it be real life examples, games, activities, math can be simple and enjoyable. Learning & teaching math can be difficult and time consuming for many children but it doesn’t have to be that way. By implementing these simple strategies, hopefully you (the teacher) can show your child how exciting and fun math can be. 🙂