Math is a fundamental skill that will be used throughout your child’s entire life. There is no dodging it. Without math, your child would have a daunting future. They may be unable to do simple tasks such as bake cookies or give the correct change at a store. Here are four ways for learning math at home.
Math at Home – 4 Fun Ways for Teaching
Shopping is probably one of the most helpful and fun ways to learn math One of the first ways to use it is by helping your child to become a frugal shopper. Give your child a variety of flyers or use an app like we do. Ask them to note the price of specific items, and then to decide which store has the best deals. Introduce them to coupons and price matching. This makes it easier than deciding on what store will have the best value.
When you are at the store, have your child hold up different brands of one item, and teach them how to find the answer about which one is cheaper per unit, even if the sizes are different.
When you sit down to do your weekly or monthly family budget, include your child in the conversation. Talk about money being earned versus money being spent. Discuss ways to save money, and figure out solutions for budgeting issues.
Continuing to include your child in the topic, the more involved they will feel in your family’s success. This brings a sense of responsibility and will make them think twice before asking for money for unnecessary items. It also gives them an understanding of budgeting and presents a way for them to use their math skills so that they don’t lose them.
Budgeting gives the avenue to more subtraction and addition practice and the opportunity to learn the importance of always double checking your final answer.
In The Kitchen
When it comes to learning fractions, use baking for the practice. Play around with recipes. Do the full recipe and then do only half of another recipe.
If you run out of measuring spoons and cups in the proper size, talk about how you can substitute another one. For example, if your 1 cup measuring cup is gone, you can fill up the 1/2 cup measuring cup twice for the same amount.
Dinnertime is another great way to practice math concepts such as fractions. Bake a pizza and cut it into 16 pieces, and go from there. This is a wonderful time when you can teach your child about the addition and subtraction of fractions. You can also discuss how different fractions equal the same amount, such as 1/4 being the same amount as 2/8 or 4/16.
Any food can be sorted if you have a younger child who needs practice counting, adding or subtracting. Multiplication can also be learned on a small scale this way, with easily sorted foods.
Building and Crafting
When it comes to creating, we need to know how to measure. Using a variety of tools will helps us build and create with precision. Create mini projects at home that will have your children measuring with a ruler, a specific size screwdriver or deciding the right size of screw needed to go through a board for the project.
There are so many different ways to strengthening learning of math at home with your child. Pick the ones that you feel your child will respond best to. Soon you will find your child becoming more self-assured in math than they ever before.
How do you make learning fun at home? Check out Science at Home for more fun ways to learn outside the textbooks.
Thank you, Joel