How to Make Maths More Fun for Kids

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As a teacher, I know that maths can be tricky to teach children. They either simply don’t care about the subject or find it difficult to get their heads around. As with anything, working at it will make it easier and a more enjoyable process. If you can relate and have a child who absolutely detests maths, we have a few teacher tips from a prep school in Potters Bar.

Look For a Different Medium

Maths doesn’t have to be taught through textbooks and lined paper, there are lots of ways that it can be taught – especially as it’s all around us. Think outside of the box and about what your child likes for a second. If that’s their video games, try looking for one that fits the topic you’re trying to teach. With how big the internet is, you will be bound to find something. You could also create games of your own using the materials that you have available, like craft supplies to create your own game of snap.

Real Life Examples

Part of the reason why children don’t care for the subject is that to them it doesn’t seem necessary or relevant. They can’t see how the themes fit into their day to day. We of course know that’s not true. Maths is needed pretty much every day – to calculate change, to save money, to work out the time and so much more. To spark their interest, point it out to them and give examples of where you would use maths and how. 

See Where They’re Struggling

It’s also a good idea to see if they’re struggling with anything. When children put their hands up and quit, it can be because they find it hard. If that is the case, it may be worthwhile getting a tutor or speaking to their teacher about any extra help that’s available. You can even do this yourself. There are plenty of resources online to help parents in home-schooling.

Asking Questions

There’s no shame in asking for help and it’s important that if your child is struggling with anything, they feel comfortable speaking to you and their teacher. It can make all of the difference with regards to their grades and play a big part in their enjoyment of learning.

These are just a few recommendations that I thought I’d share and hope that the advice here helps. For more parenting content like this, be sure to follow my blog.

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