Everything back at school seemed to be fine. The subjects were interesting and math classes were always fun with races to see who would solve problems first. However, all of such incidences came to an end when numbers started getting replaced by alphabets and new symbols. And before we could comprehend on what these elements were doing in a subject that had mainly to do with numbers, we had completed schooling. With very less exposure to technology, we did not have the luxury to see math as a fun subject and the learning curve stalled after a certain age.
However, there are tons and tons of applications and approaches that aim at making math fun for the kids of today’s generation. If you have been wondering how to make match classes more interactive and fun, we recommend you try some of the following tips.
Relate Practical Concerns with Math Problems
One of the biggest complains we have as adults is that we hardly came across situations that needed all the complex calculations we learned on Trigonometry or algebra in real life concerns. Solid fun is where kids understand a concept and apply their understanding on a concern they would face on a frequent basis. The speed at which water flows and fills up a tank is important but more important is when you teach them to calculate mileages, balance your house budget and see if they could manage expenses rationally.
Determining the speed of two trains and finding out which would reach a destination first is good but nothing like calculating the batting and bowling averages of your child’s favorite cricketer for a season. Make them do that! The more you connect real life issues with the arithmetic concepts they learn at school, the more they will find it interesting and fun.
Make them Think
Let’s be honest a little! Today, our kids have lost our only quality we have a major control of – attention. Thanks to the diverse apps and games, either kids cannot stay calm without using them or we give them our tablets or smartphones just to keep them engaged and from disturbing us. Regardless of what it is, this is leaving a direct impact in their minds and draining their abilities to think and respond. Instead, engage in conversations and bring in math. If you are at a cinema hall for interval, ask your kid to compare combo deals and find out which would the most profitable.
If you are a pizzeria, teach them concepts like radius, diameters, circumference of a circle and derive their formulae. If you are driving, show them the fuel reading and ask them to calculate how far they could go before refueling. Interesting conversations like these will open their world to more applications of math concepts and expand their horizons.
While we always focus on real interactions, online resources also come with their advantages. They have the ability to visualize better and take an approach to teaching math that is not just simple but more comprehensible for kids. There are tons of websites and applications online that make math fun and you could use them as one (and not the only) of the approaches to teaching math for your kids. Websites like MathGameTime make concepts on algebra, logic, fractions, decimals and more interactive through videos and activities and make math cool!
Form a Group
Talk and collaborate with a few other parents from your kids’ classes and form a group to meet for math sessions and friendly competitions. Have them watch interesting videos on math concepts and take turns to explain the concept further and get their questions answered. A simple test at the end of each session would not just be competitive but would let you see how other kids perceive the subject and understand their thought processes as well. Besides, learning math in a fresh environment apart from classrooms or home is always refreshing.
Besides, you can also make songs out of math concepts and sing them to your kids, teach math with food and teach them multiplication, division, graphing and even data analysis with candies, chocolates or fries, get math picture books, have monopoly nights and engage in more interactive ways to learn math. Though it is your kid who has to study, you have to set up an entire ecosystem and also be part of it to add that fun element to learning. You would see your kid won’t seek help to finish his or her homework after a few weeks of this practice. Let us know if you have any other ideas on the comments.