Look Who’s Counting: Encouraging Children to Love Math
In the paper, I Hate Mathematics, children were asked to answer the question: “If math was a food, what would it be and why?” Unsurprisingly, most of the responses were negative. One student compared it to chocolate cake, saying that if you have too much, you’ll get sick. Another kid said the subject is like a rat sack because it makes you haemorrhage from the inside out.
Children’s negative perception of math is overwhelming. R.I.C. Publications echoes the sentiments of Family Education to hep embrace math. It is advisable to present it in an exciting way to avoid anxiety with the subject and help them be inspired.
Here are a few tips to help your kids get excited about math:
Use Math Daily
Encourage children to solve problems regarding math outside school. You can take the kids to a grocery store, for instance, and ask them to estimate the price of two or three boxes of cereals. You can also ask them to figure out how much time you need to get to the destination based on your speed. By incorporating simple mathematical concepts every day, you can improve their skills and confidence in the subject.
Play Math Games
There are different games children can play that involve math. You can teach your kid to play chess. The game has relatively simple rules that can help build analytical and thinking skills. Other examples include dominoes, checkers or backgammon. Buying them Lego is also a good idea, as it can help them conceptualise complex abstractions with small basic parts.
Pay Attention to Their Studies
Help your kids do their math homework by checking their work for correct answers and calculations. Ask kids to find out what they don’t understand about the subject and help them solve it. If they struggle to understand a specific lesson or have difficulty keeping up with homework load, ask the teacher for suggestions.
Be a Good Example
Your attitude about math can influence your child’s attitude about the subject. Always show an interest or positive approach in math. Tell your kids the many ways you use the subject in your daily habits. You can also point out the importance of the subject in different fields such as medicine, engineering, architecture and others.
Learn to introduce math concepts with much enthusiasm and a little pressure. The more you enjoy numbers and calculations, the more your children can be inspired and motivated to learn.