It’s an open secret that not everyone is a fan of Math. While some children are blessed with the natural skill of solving Math problems, some also find it boring and difficult. This may seem challenging but there are ways to make the journey through numbers a fun and enjoyable experience for the children.
Move with the Numbers
One of the reasons why most children hate Math is because it’s a mental subject. They have to memorize so many things that at the end of the class, they feel so exhausted from too much brain activity. Change things up a bit by incorporating games and movement during the class. For younger children, ask them to write the numbers using their whole body. Bring out the skipping rope when teaching the multiplication table to older children. This way, they are not glued to their seats during the class plus the movement of their bodies makes it easier for them to memorize different Math concepts.
Tell a Story
Tap into a child’s imagination by using picture books during the class. These stories can be used in teaching counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and eventually Algebra. You can also ask the children to read the story out loud so they can participate in the activity.
Solving Number Puzzles
Come up with simple problems or number puzzles that the kids can work on after the class. When they come back the next day with the right answers, commend them for doing a good job. If they fail to provide the right answer, appreciate their efforts. These encouragements will motivate them and make them look forward to each Math class.
Enjoy the Process
Children will learn to enjoy solving Math problems if they can also see that you enjoy teaching it. Create a healthy learning atmosphere by using your imagination and creativity during the class. Incorporate arts and crafts if necessary, so the kids will see that the numbers can be their friend.
Challenge of the Week
Find a corner in the classroom and put up Math Challenge each week. Take note of the children that approach the board and attempt to solve the problem. If you notice that children are finding it difficult to solve the problem, guide them or drop hints every now and then so they do not lose interest. Show them that they have it within them to solve these problems.
Freedom to Solve Problems
There is no one way to solve a Math problem so avoid imposing methods and formulas on the children. If they wish to draw or use their fingers when solving problems, give them the freedom to do so. You can also guide them until they come up with their own solution. When the teacher allows the children to participate and share their inputs during the class, both parties learn from each other.
Stick to a Routine
The key to teaching children is repetition. Children love routines, and this makes learning difficult concepts a lot easier for them. A routine allows children to set their expectation, so it’s easier for them to be present during the class. Furthermore, you will be hearing lesser complaints during the class because they already know what to expect.
It’s All About the Kids
Authenticity plays a huge role in a child’s learning and development. Use their names when creating Math word problems to inspire them to come up with a solution. You can also come up with Math activities that will serve as an opportunity for them to introduce themselves and share their story. Make them feel that they genuinely matter and you will have Math experts in no time.
Keep it Organic
Teachers often use plastic toys when teaching Math concepts. Try to avoid that and keep things organic by using objects from nature. Children are sensitive to how things feel and they can easily sense if something is real or not so it’s best to use organic objects during class. You can use this when teaching graphing, counting, measurement, and a whole lot more.
Take it Online
If at some point you find that you are already running out of ideas, don’t be afraid to do a little research online. You can even take help from lesson plan tools to see what suggestions they have to create your lesson plan. Just decide, how you can make your class even more fun. Don’t be afraid to customize things a bit before applying the tips to your Math class.
A Partnership with Parents
Your ultimate partner in teaching children are their parents. Talk to them, share your ideas with them, and give them tips on some hands-on activities that they can do with their kids at home. By doing this, the children become even more open to learning Math.