Math is one subject that many students just do not seem to enjoy. Many children just do not see how Math will apply to their lives in the future. Of course they understand that they will need to learn to work with money, and measurements, but since we are in the age of technology, they don’t understand why they need to learn how to work it out on paper. If your child is struggling with math, there are other ways that you can go about helping your child learn how math applies in their lives. Below you will find ten ways to make math really come alive for your children.
There are plenty of places that sell building kits for children of various age groups. If your kids enjoy Lego’s than you can go that route. If there prefer something different do a simple Google search to find other options. You can even try larger scale building projects that you can do around the house. For example perhaps they can help you build a club house in the backyard utilizing some of their math skills. There are so many projects that you can do around the house, which will not cost you a large amount of money.
Take them to work
There are plenty of different jobs where you will need to constantly apply math skills. See if you can find some parents who have jobs in these various fields. See if they can arrange a tour of their office, and work environment. It does not have to be an all day thing, but instead be for just a half hour, or perhaps even an hour. The point is to allow them to see how it applies in every day life even down to the career that you may choose to work in.
A shopping Trip
Food shopping or clothes shopping it really does not matter which one. The idea is to show them what actually goes into planning out your budget, and actually making your purchases without going over. Why not challenge your kids to see if you can give them a budget to work with, and have them make a list. Allow them to see how many things they can purchase on the list without going over budget. Remember that they will have to leave the calculator at home. All they will have to work with is a pencil, and a piece of paper.