Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning fun. Whether that’s for elementary school students or all the way up through college, learning shouldn’t ever be a boring task. When you make learning fun, it motivates students to seek more, and dig deeper into their educational pool of knowledge. So don’t waste time getting stuck on worksheets. Take math and turn it into something fun!
Make a Game out of It
Did you know that in many games you play, you’re using math? Card games use math, monopoly uses math, and so many other games you play require basic math. Let out your inner competitiveness and turn math into a game. Whether you make up your own game, or play a board game that calls for a little math, you’ll find learning to be more fun when you apply it to an activity you enjoy. You probably didn’t know it, but these board games actually teach math as you play. Playing games is not a chore by any means, so some kids might not even realize they’re learning while they play! This is a great way to get their brains functioning without draining their attention and energy on flashcards and worksheets.
Use a Website or App
In today’s world of blazing technology, going to websites and apps for learning isn’t a rarity– in fact, it’s normal. There are apps that teach languages, enhance vocabulary, and yes, math! Instead of treating technology as a negative, turn it into a positive and allow for learning at the same time. If your kid loves the computer, get them on a math learning site like AdaptedMind, or BrainPOP. Not only does this apply to math, but it applies to other subjects as well. For kids that enjoy a handheld device such as a phone or tablet rather than a computer, connect them with fun learning apps! Instead of wasting time with technology, your children will be using it to expand their knowledge.
Connect it with Real Life
It’s not uncommon to hear the question “How does this apply to real life?” when trying to teach math. There are various styles of learning within the classroom, and many students want to know how they can use what they’re learning in their everyday, real life. Show them the power of connecting math with real life scenarios, and they will enjoy learning it more!
Do Something Hands-On
Much like connecting math with real life, some students learn best with hands-on activities. There are plenty of ways to do this. One way would be to play a game with math, as mentioned earlier. Another way to do this is to make a recipe with your child. There are plenty of hands-on lesson plans that parents and teachers can use towards their advantage when teaching math.