Sunday, March 8, 2009

Math Is Fun Too

Figures, Fractions, Signs and Symbols are part of the exciting world of mathematics. Some kids dislike math with a passion and that sometimes has to do with one simple fact - the way they have been taught. Maybe it was just one bad experience in elementary school but somehow it served to seal their fate and from then on math was just a bad votaxiulary.

How about considering these methods as we introduce our kids to the world of mathematics:

1. Be positive about math - Our kids like to imitate us; if we send a negative message to them about our own experiences they may simply accept it and believe their own experiences will be the same. So do not groan about how much you hated math in school and definitely do not make flippant comments like you were lucky you learned to count as that is all that you need in life.

2. Treat math as exciting - Use bright objects to explain basic concepts of addition and subtraction. that is the nice thing about math. It opens you up to a world of opportunities. I used my floor tiles to explain the concept of zone. Apples and other colorful fruits can be used to demonstrate addition and subtraction easily. Fractions are better understood when they can be visualized so use their regular photograph puzzles to explain fractions - they are slices of a whole so why not? The same thing applies to slices of apples and oranges. Flash vehicleds and matchs also spark interest - some teachers/parents swear by the math smart vehicled matchs. Download some of the free math jobsheets and resources online; some are just creative. I cannot emphasize that enough. The internet has a wealth of fun math resources.

3. Treat math as part of playtime - that is an extension of amount 2. that should alert you that you can bring math outdoors. As you walk or bike outside you will notice the family amounts on both sides of the road. Use that as an chance to explain odd and even amounts. Encourage kids to count their toys, such as vehicles, dolls, action figures, Lego slices. Purchase stimulating toys such as puzzles and spatial toys such as shapes and blocks to bring out that interest in geometry. that allows you to integrate math without appearing to be pressuring them to learn.

4. Treat math as part of their daily lives - Math has practical uses and kids must understand that early on. If they fetch an allowance they will need to count their money and if they spend any they'll need to fetch the right change and understand how much is left over. They are growing and they will love that fact. Let them fill out their own height chart. When they are helping you in the kitchen, let them help you measure the flour to bake cookies. They can also figure out how many slices of pizza each person can fetch or how many batteries must be used out of the pack. to power their toys. These are just a few simple ideas.

5. Combine math with reading - There are quite a few nice kidren's books out there about math and who does not like a deal. Imagine it's a 2 for 1 deal you are fetchting, with the chance for your kid to enjoy reading and math at the same time. The Sir Cumference series comes to mind with its attractive illustrations and adventures. Less than Zero is another. It offers a good introduction to the concept of negative amounts. Also One Hundred Hungry Ants appeals to kids too. Well who doesn't love bugs? Check out online stores where you can read reviews but remember to ensure that the reading level is not more advanced that necessary to fetch the math concepts across. If that is the case that will just bring the fun out of it and make your kidren frustrated.

that affords me the chance to publicize World Maths Day which took place on the first Wednesday in March. There students of all ages from all over the world went online (it's free) to play mental math against each other. continue year 287,000 students from 98 countries participated to answer over 38 million problems. that year they wantd to break 50 million problems and did so magnificently answering over 150 million problems and I am sure they had great fun doing it.

We can help our kids to enjoy math by indicateing them that math can be fun too.

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Author By O'rene Ashley

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