Improving Children’s Maths Skills
Math is a progressive subject that is taught in a structured format. Therefore, when a child fails to understand the basic Math facts, advancing to higher levels of Math is impossible. It is vital that children understand the core topics, language and rules of Maths.
Children’s ability to absorb information is affected by their self-confidence. If they have struggled with Math, they may have developed a fear or dislike of the subject. You can try to overcome this negativity towards learning Math by playing fun Math games.
Fun Math Activities
Games such as snakes and ladders (for counting), Monopoly (for money problem solving), draughts, card games, dominos, etc., are fun ways to practice Math.
Cooking is a great way to teach your child about measures, using scales and ratio.
Children often dislike fractions; the basics are vital in their understanding. Start off with the basics such as one half, one quarter. Ensure that your child fully understands the basic fractions before you introduce others such as tenths, eighths, etc. You could use food or objects, use different ways to show your child examples of one half, such as a pizza (circle), a chocolate bar (rectangle), 10 crayons, £10 etc. You will also need to introduce fractions as numbers or amounts.
Mental math activities are great to improve your child’s ability to solve problems quickly in their head. Use traveling time and encourage your child to add up the numbers on car registration plates.
Set up a pretend shop. This is a really good way to work with money. Encourage your child to play both the shopper and shopkeeper. Use real money or real-life toy money to help your child learn money facts.
Fun Math Lessons
Key stage 2 Math is in-depth and your child will need to understand many Math topics, terminology and methods. If your child is to progress to more advanced levels of Math, then you will need to set a routine of lessons. Try to invest in some educational aids such as children’s educational software. Software is a great way to engage your child in learning Math. Choose software that has colourful graphics and in-depth Math lessons that are based upon the National Curriculum. Software that contains structured lessons is more suitable for teaching Math. Look for one that has lots of references and examples for your child to learn from. Too much animation and sounds will distract your child and interrupt their thought process, so avoid software that has a game-like format.
You can find educational software that stores your child’s results, giving you the ability to check your child’s progress and identify any areas of Math your child is finding difficult. The ability to print certificates is a good feature – children love them. This needn’t be expensive, £7.50 to £10 should suffice.