Making Math Fun
- 18 July 2020
- Posted by: ryan
- Category: Tutoring
The Formidable Enemy: Math
In school, everyone’s least favorite subject is probably either math or science. Math for kids can be pretty difficult. Kids already have a unique learning personality and Math is one of those subjects that has a straight answer on how to get the solution. The trouble comes from appeasing each of these different learning personalities so that kids learning math don’t run into issues. Some common math games for kids are probably flash cards but once they are past a certain age it might be time to think up some new ways so that kids learning math can still be entertained. Math for kids has always been an uphill battle. I’m sure parents, and teachers alike, have tried all sorts of math games for kids so they might be a bit skeptical if introduced to a new found method.
Keeping Kid’s Attention
Math, unless you understand it, can be quite boring. Not to mention kids are already bored in school. They’d rather be out playing or basically anywhere else but school so it’s teacher’s responsibility to keep the kids entertained. I’ve mentioned math games for kids before but let me just delve a little deeper and go into further detail about what kind of games are appropriate for the classroom, or at home, and what age groups they could be applied to. In this day and age we are amidst a veritable technology buffet. A simple google search will pull up numerous online math games that your child will have enormous fun playing. This would be an ideal setting if you were homeschooling. If computers, or tablets, aren’t available possibly because it’d be hard to get 30 odd students at their own computer then no need to fret.
If it’s for beginners, such as first graders, then learning their numbers and how to write them is going to be main priority. A way to teach them the order of numbers is using the chalkboard. You can draw one apple, then two, and three and so on. While drawing make sure the kids are able to count how many apples are being added to the drawing. A way to do this individually would be to give each child a piece of paper then give them a number. Think back to the concept of bingo, you’ll be calling out numbers of objects and the children will have to draw it out. So if you say five circles then the children would need to draw five circles. Try not to have them draw anything too complicated because that will distract them from learning their numbers.
When it involves kids that are a bit older chances are they’ll know their numbers but now they’re learning how to multiple or divide. What you can do in this case is write out on your own piece of paper about twenty problems, i.e. 6 x 5, and then at the bottom add a code. So the letter H corresponds to the number 30 so when the child reaches the problem 6 x 5 they would write down H as the answer because H, in this case, is equal to 30. This type of math game will influence problem solving as well as critical thinking.
Some students just aren’t going to get the hang of math despite how entertaining we make it for them and that’s no big deal. Their strengths lie elsewhere, I’m sure. All is not lost, there are many tutoring services to consider. ICAN Education offers a wonderful math tutoring services in different areas such as in Mississauga, Brampton, Milton and Burlington. We have a free assessment so that we can see what exactly your child needs help with, a free consultation if you will. Our main contact number is: 289-752-7141. You can also check the phone numbers on this page to see the location nearest you .