Math isn’t that fun
Let’s face it. Math is not an easily lovable subject. Especially for those who do not like it or are seen not to have the talent for it, math can be terrifying. Math can destroy a person’s confidence. And considering how society is, Math is considered the “ultimate” subject. People see it as a measuring stick as to judge whether the person is what they deem “stupid” or “brilliant”.
But does anyone really want to live with that kind of pressure?
That kind of pressure may also be the main reason why kids have a hard time in school. Children at a developmental stage of 5-10 years old still prefer a concrete way of understanding things. For example, getting mad at a child for only getting 8/10 in Math will translate as: “Mommy/ daddy hate me because I got 8/10. It must mean I’m stupid.” And this happens more than once during a child’s lifetime which then build into a startling lack of self-confidence come their teenage years.
But I want my child to be good in math! / I want to be good in Math!
We all do. Everyone wants to be good at something. Math is no exception to that rule. And don’t worry, there are some ways you can use to improve your skills in Math. While it may not be Calculus, learning the basics is the most important thing. So want to practice and learn math? Here are some ways we know can help you learn math.
5 Fun Ways to Teach Math
- Help in finding a fun tutor – This is one of the most important things when it comes to learning. Having a tutor that works well with your personality can do wonders with learning. Not only does it condition the mind to think that math is fun but, the endorphins and serotonin in your mind will keep your brain active for you to absorb more information. In Psychology, they call that theory the Social Learning Theory. In this theory, it explains how children can learn from a more learned individual. What more if the child and the learned individual easily form a bond with each other? And that’s what’s important, finding a tutor who can work well with your child. At the same time, the tutor and you can work together on how to improve the learning experience for your child. Find out how we can help you do that here.
- Practice in daily life. – Most people fail to learn something because people rarely explain what that thing is for. When frustrated, people just say, “do it because I said so!” And for children, that’s not always the best explanation for them. Children’s minds are always constantly processing and developing and telling them “do it because I said so” cuts that process short, causing them to just memorize and not understand what they’re doing. Instead, make them practice through different activities where math is applied. For example, going to the grocery store and counting how many items you need. For small children, they can be told to find an “x” amount of a certain item. Older ones can be made to calculate certain things such as “How much does this brand sell tissue per pull?” That’s already a basis on Division.
- When children fail their tests or not get the scores you want, try your best not get frustrated with them. – We know this is easier said than done. But letting out your frustration on your children will not make the situation any better. In fact, it’ll make it worse. Instead, your child will either learn how to hide their grades from you which can then progress into problems. What matters is how you can help them process it and help them realize the problem in their exam. This is called acting on the problem rather than just reacting to the problem. And when you realize there is a problem in learning the subject matter then, there might be certain signs in which your child or you might need a tutor.
- Video games – Yes, there is a big argument about how video games can encourage aggression and all sorts of anti-social behaviors. However, anything can do the same thing if not done with processing. Especially now, children of this age are the digital natives. They grew up having a tablet and/or smart phone as a substitute nanny instead of talking to their nannies or their cousins at the table. So, it’s not surprising that video games can teach them a few things. Video games have the extra appeal of having multiple colors which can hold the attention of the child. While some games can be senseless, there are other games that can teach math especially games that have a crafting system wherein players need to calculate how much money they need to craft a certain item. We’re not encouraging them of course to use real money to buy in-game items but it’s more of the application of math in the game.
- Baking – Baking is one of the most fun ways to teach Math. Why? Not only do you encourage innovation in your child but you also teach them how to measure things. And when you’re done, you get to eat the results of the work. Baking is an exact science where one wrong mistake can ruin a dessert. But even then, there are guides which you can read from and then just tell them how.
But what if none of these work?
Just because these don’t work doesn’t mean you can’t teach your child math. Some kids are just wired differently than most kids and that their approaches may be different. Some children may learn better when they’re physically engaged with the subject such as using actual physics or the sort. But we believe that everyone can be taught. And that’s why we’re here to help make sure your child gets the most out of his/her learning experience.