Tuesday, January 20, 2015

5 Ways to Make Math Fun!

Math...children either love it or hate it, and it depends a lot on how it is presented. Few children I know are particularly fond of sitting with a workbook doing seemingly endless rows of problem after problem.



Yes, Big Brother uses Rod & Staff workbooks (and I highly recommend them by the way!), but sitting through 4 pages of dry facts and problems everyday does get hard. Lately I have had him do 3 full pages and only 1/3 of one review page. This eases his burden some and leaves us more time for fun, hands-on learning time. We always spend at least 20-30 minutes daily doing hands-on math before he ever cracks open his workbook.

Children need to be actively engaged in their learning! Here are 5 easy ways to make math painless, hands-on, and most of all...FUN! :)

1.) Food

Really grab their attention with a fun snack! Grab some marshmallows, blueberries, Cheerios, M&Ms, gummy bears, cheese cubes, candy hearts, or other handy favorite!

*Count them
*Sort them (by size, color, taste)
*Practice adding & taking away
*Measure out different amounts
*Arrange them in rows to
demonstrate multiplaction
*Estimate (Guess how many
marshmallows will fit in a baby
food jar?)
*Make an edible bar graph
*Cut an apple, pizza, or pie into
slices to demonstrate fractions

Of course this won't be nearly as fun unless the child gets to eat their work after class!! :)

2.) Toys

Learning math can be child's play! Use your child's favorite toys as math manipulatives. Grab some LEGO bricks, Counting bears, blocks, toy cars, small animal toys, stuffed animals, dolls, marbles, army men, or cowboys & Indians and turn math class into playtime!

*Count them
*Sort them into groups
*Add & subtract them
*Measure and/or weigh them
*Arrange them to demonstrate
multiplication facts

3.) Dry Erase

Why does math always seem to get done faster and easier when using dry erase markers?!

* Let your child work out all their problems on the board for a change.

* Draw out pictures to help solve word problems.

* Make a graph or chart.

* Write important facts, rules, or definitions on the board for quick reference while your child is working on math.

4.) Games

Some days we just need some game time!! There are so many great games out there that children can play and painlessly practice their math skills in the process!! Here's a quick list of just a few of our family's favorites that build skills in basic math operations, logic, money sense, patterns, colors, and more:

Number Hunt

Monopoly


Monopoly Junior


Smath

The Game of LIFE


Blokus


Skip-Bo


Skip-Bo Junior


UNO


Clue


5.) Get Moving!

Did you know that movement actually helps children learn better? So much for "sit still and do your work"!

* Tape sheets of paper to the floor with numbers on them (or write them on the pavement with sidewalk chalk!). Give your child a math problem and hace thwm jump on the correct answer!

*Quiz your child or have them recite math facts while jumping rope, bouncing on an exercise ball, or jumping on a trampoline!

*Make up a game of Math Baseball (or Football, Basketball, Bowling, etc.)!

*Collect some paper towel rolls, pop cans, or water bottles from around the house. Tape numbers to them. Give your child a math problem and have them "shoot" the correct answer with a squirt gun or rubberband gun!!!

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Have you found any of these tips helpful? How do you approach math in your homeschool? What are some other ways to make learning more fun?

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