If your child is struggling with his math grades, rest assured that you are not alone. There are thousands of parents out there struggling to improve their child’s math abilities. As a parent, you want to support your child’s learning. If he or she is weak in mathematics, there are fun ways to encourage an appreciation for math.
Let’s face it. Mathematics is one subject that is fundamental to daily life. We start using math intelligence the moment we are born. It’s vital to discover ways to develop an interest in math to support your kid’s future success. The first step is to make an efficient assessment of math to know his strengths and weakness in the subject. The assessment must reflect the current curriculum.
Mathematics is not just about numbers and calculations on pages. It has been found that students who were weaker in math skills found it difficult to solve life issues as well. Parents must realize the need for a good foundation in math and provide proper math education for their children or their child will miss out on the opportunity to build a strong cognitive development that can help them later in life.
Here are some tips on how to improve your math abilities:
● As the child’s first education begins at home, parents should encourage math exercises that are fun and entertaining at home. Give the child a stimulating learning environment where they feel motivated to use numbers and do calculations.
● Kids love technology, and it’s a great way to investigate, experience, and learn in the process. Technology can be used to stimulate their curiosity and encourage them to play some cool math games on their tablets. Thus, specific math games can be designed to keep them engaged and interested.
● Provide math exercises with real-life experiences to help him realize the importance of math in their daily life and how to apply mathematical concepts to solve problems. For example, you can discuss prices, shapes, money, and measurements when shopping to connect their mathematical thinking with what they are doing.
● Identify the problem areas for your child and give him more practice in that particular area. The aim here is to not let him feel discouraged and keep him motivated toward learning math. Some children need more practice to lockdown certain basic math skills.
Parents and teachers can work together to reach the best possible solutions and give the child more practice in his weaker areas. Encourage your child to develop strong mathematical skills while they’re young so that they become confident learners with well-developed critical thinking skills later on. Keep in mind that the efforts you make now will significantly impact how your child looks at the amah subject and feels motivated to study it instead of running away from it.
p.s. Lots of FREE Math Games!
Math Facts Free Games: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
Learning math facts using games. This collection of math games for kids includes somewhere they race other kids. Our favorite of this group is Multiplication Race Car and Fire the Ball Add to 10. I also have fun math apps here to learn math facts.
- Add to 10 Fire the Ball
- Alien Addition (you know the answer and have to shoot down the problem)
- Jet Ski Addition (race other kids by answering addition problems)
- Dirt Bike Tug of War (comparing fractions)
- Drag Race Division (race other kids by answering division problems)
- Minus Mission Shooting (you know the answer and have to shoot down the problem)
- Island Chase Subtraction (subtraction racing game against other kids)
- Sailboat Subtraction (tug of war against another team using subtraction facts and the “muscle”)
- Alien Munch (you can choose the fact families 1-12)
- Flying High (design your own plane to fly through the correct answer. Choose the fact family you want to work on.)
- Multiplication Race Car (our favorite multiplication racing game against other kids)
- Spaceship Race Game (Multiply + & – Numbers)
- Math Facts Puzzle Game
Fraction Math Games for Kids
These games help kids learn fractions, ratios, and decimals and the relationships between them. It’s a concept that starts in 5th grade math and continues into middle school.
- Shoot Down Blaster (Ratios to Fractions)
- AAA Math: Fractions The Fractions portion of the AAA Math website is particularly useful because it provides visual representations and easy-to-understand instructions. You can choose from a selection of topics like basic fractions, adding fractions, comparing fractions, converting fractions, reducing fractions, etc.
Geometry Games for Kids
Some of these geometry games focus on learning terminology, but the first game requires critical thinking to solve a problem using geometry (my favorite kind of math!).
Math Money Games for Kids
Money Flashcards teaches how to count money, and once your child has that down, try the Shopping Game to solve money math word problems.
- AplusMath: Money Flashcards These basic flashcards will give your students the repetition they need to master the very important skill of counting money.
- Shopping Game
Math Games and Resources
These great math resources have online games for a range of grades and concepts. While this list was compiled with teachers in mind, parents might also find this useful to reinforce what their child is learning in school whether their child is behind, ahead, or just right in math.
- Math Chimp Free collection of online math games for grades K-8 organized by the common core standards.
- Math-Play Math-Play has online math games that are organized by grade level, content, and game type. You’ll find resources for addition, subtraction, multiplication, integers, fractions, and more.
- Math Pickle Some math concepts can be tricky but Math Pickle’s videos are really good at simplifying concepts for your students.
- Math Game Time Math Game Time has interactive math games, videos, and worksheets that are separated by grade level. Your students will be able to practice everything from counting to decimals.
- Cool Math 4 Kids This free website looks like it may have been designed in the early ’90s, but it’s got tons of great content for addition, subtraction, times tables, long division, fractions, decimals, and more.
Free Math Apps
- Number Pieces is a great free app for iPad to have an endless number of base ten blocks at their fingertips.
- An iPad protractor.
- Geometry Pad lets children draw lines and shapes on graph paper.
- Use geoboard for different quadrilaterals and triangles or find the perimeter and area of each shape.
- Ruler turns your screen into a ruler.
- Calculate how much time has passed or learn how to read a clock.
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