13 Jan

Cultivating A Love for Maths – At Home

Parents often ask me about ways they can give their children a home advantage in Maths. They usually ask this question chiefly because they want their children to excel in Maths at school. I will answer that question, but first I think it is very important to settle on what Maths is because most schools are not teaching Maths. They are just teaching a part of Maths. This is what has made many children hate Maths.

What is Math Really About?

Most people would say Maths is about arithmetic, variables, and equations among other things. This is the wrong way to look at Maths. Viewing Maths from this angle reduces math to a collection of skills, definitions, and procedures. Sadly, this is a view held by most Maths teachers and the guiding principle of their teaching. Don’t get me wrong, these skills are very important parts of Maths, but to focus only on these skills is to miss out on the beauty of Mathematics and what it really is.

The truth is that Maths goes beyond “What is this?” “Find x” or other questions teachers ask children. Maths is a verb, it connotes some sets of actions generated by a set of thinking. Maths is more about investigating patterns, dealing with quantity, structure, and space. Mathematicians pose questions and then try to explain things as simple as possible. This kind of view of Maths allows for creativity, logical reasoning, intuition, and inspiration.  That is what makes Maths fun and engaging, and it’s what we want our kids to discover and embrace.

The Real Tools Of Teaching Math – Games, Puzzles, And Brain Teasers.

Your child can’t be competitive using old tools. If we want to give our children a home advantage in Maths. We need to use a different approach and tool from the boring approach and tools most schools adopt.

Too often, Maths teachers focus on how to accelerate their students learning through the school curriculum. The idea is to master one skill after another in order to get ahead. To reach that end, the tools of choice tend to be textbooks and coercive teaching. However, most children don’t find all of these funny at all. Besides, approaching Maths this way will deny children the real skills Maths is meant to inculcate in them – the ability to study patterns and solve problems, the ability to think logically, etc. This is what removed the most beautiful aspects of Maths. This post is to implore parents to also think about how to teach Maths in an amazingly intriguing and rich way. By so doing, many children will begin to develop a love for Maths.

To this end, the best tools I know of are games, puzzles and brain teasers. Parents can give their kids a home advantage in Maths by playing games and working to solve puzzles and brain teasers together. A huge added benefit is that by doing these things together, you are guaranteed to share “Wow!” moments with your child that neither of you will ever forget.

Develop New Attitudes

If it has been taught the right way, Maths is meant to develop a set of success attitudes in our children that will enable them to excel not only in the subject but in other subjects as well. One of these attitudes is:

Perseverance – Too often students get conditioned to think that Maths problems should be quickly solved because of the way teachers teach. — teacher gives an example of how to do a problem, and then the student repeatedly practices that until it is “mastered”. An Approach like this will deny children essential abilities like:

  • Confidence – Each time a student perseveres and solves a challenging problem, their confidence naturally grows by leaps and bounds.
  • Acting on Instinct – As more and more challenges are completed, the student hones their instinct on what will work best for a new problem. As a result, they solve problems faster and more efficiently.
  • Creativity and Wonder – When working a challenging problem, they will try several new solution strategies and see if they work. Once a problem is solved, they will think about ways to extend it. This will stimulate more creativity and wonder.

Games You Can Play

There are lots of games you can play with your child on the internet in order to build the love for Maths in them and also give them home advantage in Maths. There is no topic in Maths particularly at the elementary levels that do not have a game in the google play store. Download these games on the google play store or other sites, play together with them. When you play, discuss your strategies out loud. This will allow your child to learn more advanced strategies without feeling like you are explaining things to them. In addition, let them explain their strategies, and you get valuable insight into what they see and how they think.

Rather than having fun with our children at home, most parents also adopt the same “put off” method that is being used in the school that made the children develop an aversion for Maths in the first place. Don’t coerce them at home to practice Maths, simply play with Maths with them. By so doing, your child will learn teamwork, logic, planning ahead and other great skills:

Another powerful way to give your child a home advantage in Maths is by stimulating his brain for figures. Every child is curious and this is all they need to excel in Maths. Show them alternative ways to work Maths problems they find difficult. A method that will pique their curiosity and make them want to know more.

This is what my book, Mathematics Tricks does to children – It piques their curiosity when they make amazing discoveries on alternative ways to solve basic Maths operations.  The book in an instant will open up their curiosity and the children in an attempt to find out if the tricks will work on other cases will end up playing with Maths for hours.

A parent got this book for her children and in one night, the children who did not like Maths before then spent hours working different intriguing tricks from the book. See the woman’s testimony below.

If you have not gotten this book for your child, I strongly recommend that you do so. You can private chat me on 0802-322-6334 for a copy.

So, you can give your child a home advantage in Maths by using more effective tools including games, puzzles, brainteasers, and Maths fun books like Maths tricks.

I am a neuro-linguistic specialist, motivational speaker, and human psychologist. I have chosen to use my training to help younger generation- children and students to become the very best they are created to be through my publications, seminars, books, and videos.

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