Your child’s math teacher and tutor work tirelessly to improve their cognitive learning and critical thinking skills. Math is fun when you fully comprehend terms and concepts, but for those that have difficulty retaining information, it can quickly become one of their least favourite subjects. Math is critically important to our children’s’ future - every job requires the knowledge of basic mathematics to some degree, which is why ensuring your children learn to love it is essential. Did you know that their ways to improve math skills right in your own home? Here are five ways to do so:
Math is an essential component in baking. Your favourite cookies, brownies muffins all utilize the multiplication and division of ingredients, as well as using correct timing to ensure your end-products are savoury and delicious. Baking is especially important in helping children learn about the importance of fractions and how they are used in the real world (i.e. filling a measuring cup with ¼, â…“ or ½ of an ingredient such as milk or cream). If your child is very young, there is a lot that they can learn just from basic counting (i.e. counting out a precise number of chocolate chips to fulfill a recipe).
Support your child’s arithmetic education by providing statistics to the activities they partake in. Kid’s love knowing their records whether it’s using a measuring tape to track the progress of their height or using a metre stick to measure how far they were able to kick a soccer ball or throw a baseball, you can use math methods to turn ‘fun time’ into a learning experience that can pique their interest in numbers. Furthermore, you can use a stopwatch to count how many jumping jacks they can do in a minute or how many times they can jump rope in a minute; making math fun & healthy is a wonderful educational tool.
You should be creative when teaching your children math concepts at home, the best opportunities for learning come when they don’t even know they are. We recommend that you build and construct projects, whether they are large or small, to promote their adding, subtracting and division skills. Some toys such as mega blocks or Legos are ideal for building structures and projects, which allow your kids to count and multiply building blocks. You can ask your child how many lego pieces they’ll need to stack on top of each other to reach the coffee table or ask them how many pieces they can stack together. Creativity takes precedent in mathematics comprehension.
For more information on how to teach mathematics concepts in your own home, contact Mathnasium today!