Love of Learning: Math
Math seems to be one of the subjects that children struggle with the most. The Foundational Skills Assessment results for Nanaimo shows that a full third of students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 are not yet meeting expectations. The results are similar for the whole of Vancouver Island (http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/district.php)
What makes math so challenging? There are several theories, but what it comes down to is that in each grade there are fundamental foundational skills that need to be learned. If last year’s skills are weak, then the child has trouble learning this year’s fundamental skills. It becomes a progressive problem that frustrates teachers, students, and parents alike. The student and parents are told “more practice,” but not really told what to practice or how.
Some ideas for helping your child to love to learn math:
Games and play are great. They engage both of you; the learning is almost a by-product of the game. If it bores you – it probably bores your kids too! Not only that, but it makes math relevant.
Below is one fun idea for each grade from K – 4. Get your older kids to help, invite friends over; hire a fantastical tutor from a company like us Tutoring…With A Twist*!
K –Try using your child’s favourite snacks. Have them count them, let them organize them into faces or towers. Let them snack (can you say subtraction?)
Grade 1 –Play dough is great and so is baking. How many teaspoons in a tablespoon – lets count. What shapes can we make?
Grade 2 – Open a play store with monopoly money (use round numbers as prices) –Open a café with friends of your child and sell the “snacks” they eat.
Grade 3 – Play an adapted version of war. Take out the face cards and Aces =1. Deal the cards amongst the players. Each player puts down a card; whoever calls the product (*)/quotient (/) of the cards gets to keep them. The player with the most cards at the ends wins! (Remember to take the time to let your child come up with the answers)
Grade 4 – Pizza! Make at least 2 pizzas (or buy them). Let your child(ren) help pick the toppings and help in the prep if it’s appropriate. Cut them into different sizes (8 slices, 6 slices, etc.) A tasty way to learn fractions and equivalents.
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