Today, many children feel that their math lessons are difficult. We need to cultivate their interest in mathematics right from their kindergarten years.
1. Teach math with real-world experiences.
When you take your child for a walk, teach them shapes with real-world examples. When you take your child outside for shopping, make them count things on shelves. For example, while at a grocery store, ask your kid to grab you 5 strawberries, 3 apples, and ask them to count them all together. This way, teaching can be done lively outside in the real world. So, the idea here is to make math as real as possible.
2. Maths with facts.
Make them love math by telling them some cool math facts. Facts about numbers, shapes, and anything that would make them love math. For example, what comes after a million, billion and trillion? A quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion, and undecillion.
3. Do math talks.
Read, prepare yourself, and create interesting math conversations with your kids. Whether in the playground or at home, once in a while do the math talk. For example, ask them to think of a number, double it, add six, divide it by half, then subtract it with the number they originally thought in their mind. The answer is 3.
4. Math with food.
Kids love to eat their favourite foods. Introduce a little bit of math along with their favourite food. For example, make them earn cookies with some simple additions and multiplications.
5. Printable math games.
There are lots of math games and math puzzles available online that you can print out. Colour print them and make them learn math with a fun twist. They will be excited to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Just a simple search on google can get you lots of free printable math games.
6. Lastly, avoid math phobia.
If you hated math when you were young, it doesn’t mean your child will also hate math. Never tell them that you hated math too. Never tell them math is complicated. It is very important that you avoid transferring your math phobia to your kid. Make them feel that math is easy and fun to learn.
What more can we do to make mathematics fun for children? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.