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Make Learning Math Fun For Your Child

Making math a fun subject for your child is always a challenge. So while researching this topic, I came across an article (that was almost a commercial) for some games which would help your child learn math while having fun. I checked them out and thought I’d share the article with you as the games look pretty good.

Math is fun for some people but kids may not find it so. These young ones have favorite pastimes that they like doing which keeps them entertained. Why shouldn’t math also be entertaining? Modern day children spend most of their time watching movies and playing computer games.

Can you ignore math in a children’s life?

This is an absolute no! This is a very important part of any children’s life because it is applicable in all spheres of the kid’s life. They will definitely meet math at work, in school, in their social life… just name any situation and you will realize that it cannot be ignored.

Making math more fun for kids

Many cool math games are available to help you engage kids with fun ways to make the children interested in math. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to force your kid to stop doing math? What if you have at your disposal so many ways through which you can encourage your children to learn math without so much effort?

Have you ever imagined getting your kids results from school that show steady improvement in math grades? Amazing, right?

What do you have to do to achieve this?

Believe it or not, you don’t have to do anything to achieve this. Because all the work has been done for you. Cool math games for kids allow you to ignite the passion for math in your kids whether in first second or third grade or a home-schooler with quality math games. These games are available for you in form of books that can be downloaded on your computer as fast as five minutes.

Developed by professionals who have tested the games on children in different class environments having different abilities, the games give you new and effective approaches that have taken many years to refine. What more does these games offer you?

Get creative. Use your own ideas which you think is suitable for your child.

Get all the resources you need. Do not spend more cash on books and software because the package comes with all the ideas you can ever need.

All you need is a printer and paper and you are good to go. You don’t need to spend a lot of cash on expensive materials.

Create a classroom environment that your child will feel happy to be part of.

The games are interesting and captivating for any child regardless of their ability or learning style. Use number or word problems to grab your child’s attention.

As much as the games are entertaining, they are challenging enough to grab the kid’s attention and make them try again and again.

These games are applicable in different settings, whether in class or at home.

You will get the flexibility you need. Print only the copies you need and only what is relevant for your kid.

So, let your kid know how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, master fractions, time, counting, percentages and many more games by doing them practically and using user-friendly interfaces. Whether you are a teacher or a parent, you will find this package easy to use and come up with unique ideas that will surely make math interesting for your kid!

Anna Perkins encourages you to get more information about how to make math more fun for your kids. Making math more fun for all kids should be a priority for parents and teachers.

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Math Anxiety

Does your child have math anxiety? Or maybe you have math anxiety! What is math anxiety?

I’m glad you asked!

So here is an excellent article all about math anxiety and some of the myths that people believe about math.

Check it out, it’s an interesting read.

Math Anxiety: Shattering The 5 Myths

Students who say they suffer from “math anxiety” usually have the following symptoms: Upon entering their math classroom, even on the first day, they panic and feel immediately unsuccessful. Feelings of nervousness, frustration, annoyance, even anger are felt. Even when offered help or opportunities to get assistance, the student remains passive and afraid. On tests these students feel like they are alone in their suffering; that they are the only ones who are struggling; that they will mess up even the simplest problems. These students have lost their confidence, and have often felt this way for many years. What is perpetuating this problem, and what can parents and teachers do about this?

The problem of math anxiety is universal. Yes, many students come to class with skill gaps in the curriculum and poor training in study and test-taking skills. But it is mostly a mental block and self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuated by those who care for the struggling student the most: parents, relatives, and teachers who show a negative attitude about their past challenges in math class. The clue to the power of the self-imposed block is when the student travels to his next class and immediately feels better and more confident, and is glad the torturous hour of math is over. For most kids with math anxiety, this is the reality. Why the sudden relief, the sense of going back to normal, and the instant sense that things are better?

Math anxiety is simply an emotional condition, extended through many days, weeks, and years and blown up in the student’s mind as being something unrecoverable, innate, and permanent. One of the first steps in dealing with this strong emotion is to examine the myths about math in general that create mistaken ideas about how math concepts and ideas fit in to our world.

Math Myth #1: Only the lucky few are born with math ability
We all accept the fact that some people are born with the right type of body, skills, and athletic ability to become professional athletes, right? Does this mean that those of us who are not “naturally gifted” athletically shouldn’t try to play tennis, join a softball team, throw the football? Of course not. The difference is one of degree. Sports still can play an active part of our lives, in fact should be important to all of us for reasons of health and social and emotional well being.

If a student feels they are not talented in calculations, “getting numbers”, or thinking mathematically, do they just give up? No — and it obviously leads to a discussion of learning to persevere the obstacles and challenges in our career as students, not quit when the going gets tough.

Math Myth #2: There is only one answer, and this is the goal of mathematics
Sure, at the simplest levels of calculation there has to be a unique answer: 2 X 4 has to be only 8. As we move on to upper, more important levels of mathematics, these memorized calculations are only tools to get at the true goals in the realm of math: learning how to measure and analyze our world, and solve problems using mathematical tools. Again, I would argue that when solving systems of equations (simultaneous), there must be only one solution. But this is just learning the tool; the process of solving such a problem is a procedure that becomes a higher level strategy to solve even more complicated situations. An experienced math teacher or professor should delight in students who can show creative ways of solving problems different from the way it is shown in the textbook. The key is to use math skills and algorithms to practice your thinking abilities, and improve them!

Math Myth #3: Girls are not good at math, and shouldn’t pursue math-related careers
Although this idea has faded a bit in recent generations, the idea that girls can’t think mathematically is still out there at the family dinner table, school classrooms, and hallways. Of course, the female brain is wired differently than the male one, but mathematical ability remains one that has to be practiced and nurtured over time, regardless of gender.

At the typical family gathering, do people laughingly admit that they are illiterate, and have always struggled with reading? Probably not, yet there seems to be some camaraderie when someone mentions their challenges in math class. It tends to be accepted as normal, and anyone, especially a girl who thrives mathematically must be unusually talented. There is also no truth to the rumor that girls are somehow less feminine if they enjoy math or excel in it.

Math Myth #4: Success in math means you can get the answers instantly
At the earlier grades, when learning addition facts or multiplication tables, of course speed is important. These are the building block skills necessary at the foundational level. In the middle school or high school classrooms where the faster thinkers are celebrated or minimal time is allotted for slower learners to respond, this just shows poor teaching. A good instructor should allow time for exploring other solutions and finding alternate methods.
In fact, an effective math lesson needs to celebrate creative problem solving. This involves conversation, brainstorming, and group discussion. Another argument for possibly women being more suited to higher levels of mathematics!

Math Myth #5: Math literacy can be avoided and is not important
Again, the scene centers on your dinner table. . . If you mention your struggles with yesterday’s math lesson or bad score on a quiz, the stories come out again. Knowing nods of sympathy, and opinions about how only some people are gifted enough. You hear comments about how you just need to get through it in order to graduate and then you can spend your time doing more “important” work. The implications are, of course, that math is something to endure, not something to learn to improve on and even enjoy.
The idea of math literacy is an important one. Few people argue that everyone needs to be able to read and write, but there is the fuzzy notion that mathematical competence is optional. If a student does well in Algebra classes in high school, studies have shown that they will far excel in college experiences and be more successful in life. This represents a minimal competency landmark. Everyone should strive at the least to pass algebra classes in high school and college as a jump-start for further success in the academic and working world.
The algebraic skills of creating
abstract representations of problems and solving them (equations, graphs, proofs, and hypothetical models) is extremely important in life. Whether researching the best place to order carpet, construct an addition for the house, or do a cost-analysis for your business, mathematical skills, mathematical thinking and strategies are involved.

Overcoming math anxiety in children and adults is more about being aware of the myths and personal biases of other people’s beliefs. Solving this challenge is not putting more time into studying or banging your head against the wall in your study area. Mathematics is a competency area in school that signals your readiness to enter the working and academic world and be successful. It is not optional, magical, or impossible. It takes perseverance, patience, and a willingness to seek out help. Many times, math anxiety becomes math avoidance, supported by the ignorance of close friends and family, but it can be overcome!

In part 2 of this article series, I examine how to deal with homework issues as they relate to a student who is feeling math anxiety. I will answer the challenges of what to do when a student feels like he can’t understand the textbook, doesn’t know how to even get through last night’s homework, and can’t organize for the next day or ask for help. Knowing how to deal with homework sessions for the parents and student is the first step in finding the cure for this common problem.

By: Terry VanNoy

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Terry VanNoy’s class sessions, Math with Mr. V are by appointment only . . . Call toll free 1-877-317-3317 to arrange a free consultation! Help your child feel more successful in his or her math classroom.

So are you feeling better about that math anxiety now!?!?

Have a great day!

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Using Numbers To Help Your Child Learn Math

Mathematics without numbers just wouldn’t make sense, would it? Of course not – silly me!

🙂 In my daily reading I came across this article on using numbers to help your child become more proficient at learning and utilizing math. The article was written by Joseph Pinador and comes from Article Dashboard.

Home School Math Series: Number Counting

As a parent, helping your child perform better in their grade-level math is as easy as teaching number sense by practicing some basic exercises. Children who struggle with their grade-level math are deficient in operational skills. As a result, most of the problems that kids (and adults) have with math stem from a lack of basic number sense that comes with knowing how numbers naturally progress.

Traditionally, multiplication tables are taught in school. A better learning method is for students to count by numbers which is a more enjoyable activity then attempting to passively scan a table in a book.

The best and easiest exercise for teaching number sense is simply counting by numbers out loud. Knowing how numbers progress in this manner is essential to understanding the principles of division and multiplication. Counting by numbers can be done anywhere at any time and is actually most fun when done spontaneously.

While counting by the various numbers, you can ask your child questions about the activity. One example could be “Why is the number 5 so easy to count by?” (Hint: what number do you always end in when counting by 5’s?). Another question might be “What is unique about the sequence of numbers when counting by 9’s?” (Hint: look at how the numbers in the one’s and ten’s place are sequencing).

Use the numbers 2-12 for counting purposes. We do not need to go beyond the number 12 since these numbers tend to factor into all other numbers. Explain to your child that when we see that numbers repeat themselves, the numbers we are counting by are factors of those numbers. For example, when I count by 3’s or 5’s, I arrive at the number 15. Therefore, 3 and 5 are both factors of 15.

One variation of teaching number sense by number counting would be to use dice. Let your child roll the dice to see which number between 2 and 12 they are going to count by. Next, you roll to see how many times your child has to count by that number. Use your imagination to come up with your own counting games. As your child (and maybe even you) becomes more and more proficient at counting, raise the stakes by seeing how fast your child can count through all the numbers.

As your child is mastering this skill, they will see the connection between the number sense that is forming from this activity and the math operations it relates to. A multiplication problem is simply a fast way to add and the ability to count by numbers allows the child to use this skill to solve these problems quickly. With division problems, the child uses the factoring skills derived from number counting to see “how many of this number fits into that number”.

For children to attain proficiency at grade-level math, they must be able to perform basic math functions. Guiding your child towards learning basic number sense by number counting is the best place to start. For help in teaching number sense to your child please request a free, downloadable copy of my counting chart!

By: Joseph Pinador – For a free consultation regarding tutoring or home schooling for your child and a demonstration of my e-tutoring classroom, visit: www.tutorfi.com/joseph.

So now you know it’s as easy as learning number sense … makes sense right? (Sorry for the pun!)

Have a great day!

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Activities To Encourage Your Children To Learn Math

Encouraging your childrn to learn math doesn’t have to be a complicated process. The article below will help you to help your child learn math and perhaps even come to enjoy math!  Check it out and let me know what you think?

 
5 Activities To Encourage A Love Of Math In Your Children
 
Oftentimes parents invest a lot of money in thick workbooks to teach their kids math. Some children are open to workbooks. Others are not. If your child is bored by workbooks, don’t fret. There are plenty of other ways to teach math – and they’re fun!

Board Games
Dust off your Monopoly game and your game of Life. Counting money is great practice for learning math. If your child is old enough, ask her be the banker.

Cooking
Cooking is a wonderful way to teach addition, multiplication, division and fractions. (Even the adding of fractions which is, of course, quite advanced.) Whether your child is 3 or 13, you can teach math in a fun way with recipes. If your child chooses the recipes and writes the grocery lists, she will get practice with her reading, spelling and writing skills, too.

Have a Garage Sale
Garage Sales or yard sales are a natural way to practice math. Your child can help by writing the prices on items, by collecting money and dispensing change. No matter how you involve your child, she will be practicing math, gaining confidence, and some good business and communication skills as well.

Math Uno
Remember the game of UNO that you played as a kid? Have you ever involved math when playing the game? Instead of playing one matching color or number on the card that is face up, instead play two or more number cards that add up to that number.

For older kids, you can encourage subtraction, multiplication and division as well.

Start a Family Business
Of course one of the best ways to practice math is by running a business. Either help your child start a small business or consider a family business. Whether it’s a baby-sitting business or a lemonade stand, your child’s brain will be challenged.

If you already own a family business, then, by all means, allow your child to help.

These are just a few ways you can practice math with your child – and help him to gain more confidence in his math skills.

By: Nicole Dean

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Nicole Dean invites you to www.ShowKidstheFun.com — a free website filled with activities to make memories with your children and www.ShowKidstheMoney.com — a fun and informative resource for moms who want to help their kids make money.

 
My personal favorite is the garage sale! Let your child sell some of their old toys and save the money to buy some new ones! You not only get the benefits listed above, but you’ll teach your child the importance of saving.

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Some Fun With Math

Making math interesting is what we like to do! So we’re always keeping an eye out for different ideas that will help students learn math while at the same time letting them have some fun. The article below will give you some good ideas that you can try which should help your child learn math and have fun as well.

Grab A Deck Of Cards And Try These Fun Math Games

Want to get the children practicing math skills?
You could use commercial math games but these can be expensive.
For a fun math game that assists kids to practice adding or multiplying, just grab a deck of playing cards and you’re ready.

Yes, believe it or not there are heaps of math games contained in that one pack of playing cards. Try these to begin and then have a go at inventing your own. You can practice addition, times tables, comparing numbers and numerous other number skills.

Multiplication Over and Under
This game is an ideal way to practice multiplication tables. Use a pack of cards with the colored cards taken out. The Aces count as 1. Deal all of the cards out to the two players. One player becomes the Under 30 player and the other becomes the Over 30 player.
Each player turns over a card at the same time and the two numbers are multiplied together. If the answer is below 30, the Under 30 player gets the cards. If it is more than 30, the Over 30 player keeps the cards. If the answer is 30 each player takes back their card and returns it to their deck. When all cards have been played the player with the most cards is the champion.

Highest Number
Kids love this fun math game that practices comparing numbers. All you need is cards from Ace (which is valued at 1) to 9 for this game. Next choose the number of digits to be used in the numbers for this game, e.g. 2 digit numbers like 24 and 79; 3 digit numbers like 713 or 921; 4, 5 or 6 digit numbers. Every person is dealt that number of cards. Players arrange their cards to make the biggest possible number with the cards that they have been dealt, e.g. with cards 2, 5 and 8 a player would make 852.
The player with the biggest number in each round scores a point. The winner is the person who scores the highest points.

First to Fifty Addition
Take it in turns to deal two cards to each person. Each player then turns over the two cards they have been dealt, adds the two amounts and tells how much this is, e.g. 5 and 7 is 12. The player with the largest total keeps the two cards while the other cards are returned to the deck which is shuffled and dealt again. Players add the value of the cards they have won until a player gets to fifty and wins.

First to Fifty Multiplication
Play this game the same as First to Fifty Addition but instead of adding the 2 cards to get a total, multiply the two values on the cards, e.g. 7X6 is 42. Players then add the value of the cards that they win to get to fifty.

These fun card games can be played by a parent and child at home or in the classroom with children playing in pairs, in small groups or with the whole class being divided into four or five teams. So why not grab an old deck of playing cards and start playing.

 

By: Teresa Evans

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 Teresa Evans is a teacher and parent who uses fun math games to get kids excited about math. To receive your own seven part math games collection visit Making Math More Fun.

So there you have it! What do you think? Some fun card games that will help your student learn math!

 

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Halloween And Math? Yes!

So you’re picking out the Halloween costumes for your child to get ready for the upcoming Trick or Treating, and you want it to be an educational experience for your child as well … right?

Terri Evans has a great idea to help reinforce math principles to your children during this very spooky holiday! Here’s the article Terri wrote:

Halloween Math Makes Math More Interesting

Halloween math is a great way to motivate kids to actually want to do math. Let’s face it, math isn’t always a favorite subject. But it will quickly become a favorite when you add a Halloween twist to math practice. There are many different skills that can be practiced by adding a Halloween twist to math practice. Below are my three favorite ways to get kids excited about math as Halloween approaches.1. Grab Some Pumpkins There are many different Halloween math activities that can be done with a few pumpkins. Get about 6 or 7 pumpkins and label each of them with a letter or to make it even more fun let the kids give each one a name. Now the kids can get involved in estimating and measuring. Have them order the pumpkins according to weight, from the smallest to the largest. Then they can estimate how much each pumpkin weights. They can also estimate the circumference of each pumpkin and then the height and width of each one. If this is a bit difficult for the kids, do the measuring for one of the pumpkins first so that the kids will have some idea of the mass and measurements on one pumpkin before they do their estimating for the others.

After all of the estimating has been done it is time to start measuring. Get out the scales and some measuring tapes and record the weight, circumference, height and width of each. Children can then record their results and see how accurate their estimates were.

2. Halloween Buzz Buzz is a counting game that has been played by kids for ages. It can quickly become a Halloween math game just by changing the word ‘buzz’ to a Halloween word. You might like to use ‘Dracula’, ‘Boo’ or ‘trick or treat’. Start with multiples of seven being the banned numbers that have to be replaced by the buzz word.

To play the kids just go around the group counting in ones but when they get to the number seven, any multiple of seven or any number that contains a seven, they say the buzz word instead. If they don’t they are out. So the counting should sound like this – one, two, three, four, five, six, ‘boo’, eight, nine ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, ‘boo’ etc. Sounds easy but does require concentration and also a good knowledge of multiples.

3. Build a Skeleton In this Halloween math game, two teams or two players compete against each other. This game involves choosing a basic skeleton shape to be drawn as the game progresses. A math question or problem is given and the first player or team to answer correctly wins the right to draw a piece of the skeleton. The first team or player to complete the skeleton is the winner. To make it even more fun paper skeletons can be bought and pulled apart. The winner of each round can then take one piece of their skeleton. The game is over when one player or team has all of the pieces of the skeleton.

Not all kids like math but when math becomes Halloween math this will change and the kids will be begging for more. Hope the kids enjoy these Halloween math activities. Happy Halloween!

About the Author

Teresa Evans is a parent and teacher who has created a range of kids Halloween Activities. Get your Halloween printables here www.kids-halloween-activities.com


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