Practicing math outside the classroom can be a real challenge —especially for the little ones. Luckily, we’ve got some tips you can use to encourage your child to practice math (without making them feel bored!).
1) Make mathematics a part of your everyday life
We don’t often notice this, but math already takes up a great part of our everyday lives. Asking simple questions and making math a part of your routine conversations, you can help your kid be more comfortable with the subject, without even realizing.
Next time you’re out shopping, try asking your kid simple questions about money, subtraction or addition. You can also help your kid improve their number sense by using food, drinks and toys to pose quick math questions.
2) Create little games out of it
Kids love playing games. Turning everyday conversations into little games can be a very fun way of practicing math for kids. And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about who’s winning or losing!
Try focusing more on your kid’s logic instead of right and wrong answers. Take your time, ask questions to your kid, and make math more interesting and enjoyable outside the classroom.
3) Use fun apps with helpful math content
One of the most effective ways of encouraging your child to practice math is making good use of their screen time. Many traditional games that are loved by kids (and adults) such as chess or backgammon can help kids develop certain skills. Yet, using mobile apps that are specifically built for kids to improve their math skills can help children enjoy math even more.
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Instead of hiding math into games, you can help your kid play genuinely fun games with amazing learning benefits. When the gaming experience is truly fun, practicing math will be easier than ever for your kid.