At Little Ashford, we understand that many students tend to struggle with learning math. This is for many reasons, including increased reliance on calculators, shortened attention spans, and a lack of practice when it comes to building math skills. Understanding math is an important part of building critical thinking skills. Falling behind in math can often affect other areas of a student’s academic and personal life.
However, there is hope after all.
Starting young will help prepare their brain for mathematical concepts that’ll be essential for good math skills in the future. Since kids are much more eager to do things that they associate with as fun, making math fun will help the learning process.
Why do children struggle with math?
Some teachers might disagree on how to teach math, when to introduce different topics, and how to evaluate their ability to learn new concepts.
Children might learn one or two techniques in second grade, only to have those techniques erased and replaced in the third grade. Unfortunately, this lack of consistency makes math seem more intimidating than it actually is. It’ll also fail to give the students that platform which they need to go from the basics to more difficult concepts.
In other situations, math might seem intimidating to some students right away. Making kids fall in love with math is a continuous challenge for both teachers and parents. It is a skill that requires a lot of brainpower to master. For students, it can often become frustratingly boring or overwhelmingly challenging. However, there are ways to change the attitude of your students toward math.
1. Make it a game
Whether it is a board game or an old-school card game, a challenging puzzle, or something more high-tech, students will be drawn into hands-on activities, especially when there is the presence of competition with a fellow student or a parent.
2. Put screens to work
It is no secret that most kids these days love their devices. Why not use the tons of games and apps available to help teach and reinforce math concepts? You can go to the Google Play Store and find many games that’ll help your students practice math.
3. Show them the relevance of math
Children can be turned off when they don’t see the purpose of what they’re learning. It is important to constantly show them that math is useful in real life too. Involve them in activities such as baking and cooking, telling time, or checking temperature, or counting money. The beginning lessons can focus on sorting coins while advanced lessons can be for estimating grocery bills.
4. Watch your words
Try to encourage your students to embrace the challenges and observe how they grow and learn math quickly. Instead of using a words-like drill, prefer using practice as it’ll have a positive effect on the kids. They can connect it to sports and other areas where they’ll put what they learn into practice and judge their performance on the basis of the results.