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How to Teach Kids Math: Get kids to love math !

Updated on November 5, 2011

How to teach kids math?

Math is  essential in everything we do, everybody needs it no matter what his age, occupation or job is. Some kids, by nature, love math and know how to "think" about math and solving its problems. Teaching math for kids can be a little difficult if you don't know how to get them to love the subject. You should help them love it and include math within their activities and bring it to their everyday lives.

Kids start to understand math from the age of 3-4 years and they start by counting from 1 to 10, which is a big step for them. Then, math starts to appear in their life, specially when dealing with moneym budgets and shopping. Back to school kids, some of them can have problems with mathematics, they don't really get the sense of numbers even if you, as an adult think a problem or an equation is very easy to be solved, they might find it difficult to deal with; they lack the basics of math.

Photo by Mykl Roventine.
Photo by Mykl Roventine.

How to get kids to love math

Mathematics studied at school can be really boring for kids, and that is the main reason why they start to hate it. Your job is to introduce math to them in another form, the real math they are going to use in their life. Try to make math more interesting, exciting and fun for them. You don't have to spend a lot of time doing this, 10 minutes daily of fun activities or games including math is enough to get them involved and teach them how to use math in their life.

Whenever your child uses math or tries to solve a problem, encourage and reward him even if his answer is wrong. Give him hints to guide him through the problem and help him learn the right way of thinking. Tell him that he tried to solve the problem in a right way but he made a mistake in a particular step, tell him why his answer was wrong and help him reach the right answer/solution.

  • Bring math into their lives by helping them with money, give your kids some money and help him practice calculating prices and what he has to pay, etc.
  • Ask your kid to help you during shopping and practice math at the same time: he can write a list of any items on sale and calculate how much you can save, how much each item in a package would cost alone, etc. This way he can practice, and you can find bargains/sales. This is shopping math, mom!
  • Read numbers and signs on the road, count cars, buildings or anything.
  • Help him read and understand the calendar, time, weights and heights in your housem street or anywhere.
  • Calendar math can be fun, ask your kid to find out how many mondays in this month? Mark holidays, birthdays and important dates, which day is going to be the first day in the next month, etc. The calendar can be a lot fun than just a calendar!
  • Give him fun math problems to solve at home.
  • Play Sudoku and other math games with them.
  • Use a math learning software. These can really save time and improve your child's skills in a very easy and fun way. Check the list below for some of the bestselling interactive math learning software at


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      Bikash Roy 6 years ago

      This is a very resourceful website.Thanks for arrangements.

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      kapaso 7 years ago

      Kids well never love math it sucks

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      Motaz 8 years ago from Egypt

      exactly, WildIris....very well said

      thnx a lot

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      WildIris 8 years ago

      Perhaps the emphasis should not be on getting the "right" answer, but asking the young child to explain how they arrived at their answer and encouraging them to explain their thinking. Getting them to talk about their thinking sets a foundation for higher level math in later grades.

      Understanding the many different ways to make 10 (or any number)and how to pull numbers apart for quick mental math is invaluable. Mezo, you are right. If math is made fun and a part of everyday life and not an abstract concept, young children could possibly remain interested in math and not be daunted when math does become abstract and more complex.

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      Motaz 8 years ago from Egypt

      Princessaa...i already said before on Daniella wood's post that you seem to have really talented children, like their mom ;)...thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment :)

      H P Roychoudhury : thanks a lot for the comment :)

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Teaching of Math to any kids by playing tools is a good idea.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      The calendar map is an excellent game, my kids love to find out how many days are left for "xxx" or how many weeks are left for the holidays, their birthday or any other special events. It is a very good game for counting, adding, substracting, grouping and much more while having fun!

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      Motaz 8 years ago from Egypt

      thanks for stopping by :)

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      great tips for those kids that just want have fun (all the time)