Here are some ways to help your child at home:
1. Play math games with your child
Many of which are free online. There are also plenty of board games and card games that involve math skills. Check out Math Games & Toys for ideas.
2. Use the right apps
Apps can be a great way to get your child practicing their math skills without them even realizing it!
Here are some suggestions: ABC Jump, Letters and Numbers, What’s That Number? and Math Ninja, just to name a few. We have more suggestions in our post about apps for kids.
3. Watch TV program that teach math
For example Horrible Histories (as well as other program like it) teaches lots of interesting facts about history, as well as teaching math concepts like money and time-telling (and many other topics).
Read our article on learning through TV shows to find out more about this idea.
4. Read books together
There are many picture books that introduce key mathematical concepts such as number patterns or shapes (and sometimes both).
You could also try fiction books that have a mathematical theme or reference to mathematics in them.
This could be either because they take place in a world where math is important (for example Harry Potter).
Because the characters in the book use mathematics themselves (for example The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).
Or you could try a fact book about numbers or mathematical concepts; there are plenty of these available too! Here’s one we reviewed recently: How Many? by Varian Johnson.
5. Give your child a chance to do some of their own math homework
This is great for two reasons: firstly, it gives them a sense of achievement (and I think everyone should feel good about their achievements!)
Secondly, it means they are more likely to pay attention to the work when they are doing it! Of course, you might want to make sure that they are up to the task before you do this!
6. Ask your child questions about what they have learnt at school
These can be as simple as ‘what did you learn today?’ or ‘what’s your favorite part of math?’ (although this might be a bit more difficult for younger children).
7. Use games and toys
There are lots of board games and card games that involve learning math skills, such as Dominoes or Operation.
For younger children there are lots of play mats with numbers on that children can learn by using counters or other toys.
There are also some toys that involve learning through play; I have included a list of these in our post about toys for kids who love math.
What other ways can you think of? Please share them in the comments below!
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