How to Teach Math and Make Learning Fun
Teaching Math - Making it Fun Makes it Easy
Make learning fun and the process of teaching will be much easier. The child will be having fun and the learning will be a natural process - you will have sown the seeds for a very successful future.
Math is an important subject and learning the basics early will not only provide a strong foundation for the future, it will also help the child build confidence with numbers making it easier to take on advanced topics or freeing up time to learn other subjects.
Success in math is as important as strong foundations when building a structure. Create a strong foundation with basic mathematics before moving up to build the next floor of the building. Make sure that is nice and secure before going on to build the next floor and so on.
If the foundations are not in place, the building isn't going to be very high. If they are not secure, then its going to take longer to build the next floor, so remember to make sure that they are nice and strong before moving onto the next topic.
I used this analogy with my children and so they would always come to me when they struggled with any subject at school. They understood the need to be confident with the topic before moving on. I know that many of their friends who struggle with particular topics are all to happy to move onto the next topic, especially if they don't understand the one they are on.
Instill this one concept into your child and they will understand the importance of being proficient in the subject.
Making it Fun is the Key to Success
Maths should never be a chore either when you are teaching it, or for the child when they are learning. Instead, it can be successfully integrated into play and general activities.
My children learned to count very early on, not long after they were able to talk. Every opportunity to count was taken and the kids received praise and had fun along the way. For instance, when walking up the steps to our apartment, we would always count the steps together - if the child said the number correctly for the step then they would be rewarded with praise. It was easy and by making it fun, the child not only happy to learn but also actively asked to do it.
Math Related Child Friendly Games
Kids love games and I have used them to add an extra dimension of fun to learning math.
Permungo!! The tickling math game
Ask your child a maths question - if they get it right they get a point, but if they get it wrong, then they get a tickle. The more wrong it is, the longer the tickle. Kids love it! My daughter used to ask me to play the game - she was learning and having fun too.
Competitive Quizzes - In a group of two or more, select a prize. 5 Rounds of questions tailored to the child. Build the suspense by announcing each round, each question and a summary of the scores at the end of each round. If your children are competitive then this one really gets them eager to learn just to win the game.
Puzzles - Math puzzles are wonderful if your child likes solving them. Pose a question that needs some underlying math calculations and then see how quickly they can answer the question. If they struggle, give them a clue and then if necessary show them how and then set another similar question.
Use Colourful Characters - My daughter struggled with working out what the perimeter of a shape was. I devised a character called "Perry the Perimeter Mouse" and she loved it. Perry likes to walk along lines counting how far he walked but he only walked the line once. My daughter still remembers Perry and all his friends that helped her learn math.