Math is not a Boogeyman it is Earthling!

Math Teacher Elif Balcı, December 3, 2021

You want your child to be good with math, you're wondering what you can do for it, right? The first step is to look at yourself and look at how my attitude towards math is. write if you have negative feelings about math. We recommend that you leave them aside and read the rest.

Children They are more inclined to learn by doing, experiencing and experimenting. Children's view that mathematics is a separate world independent of life can create a negative set between mathematics and mathematics. Instead, increasing the mathematical stimuli in the child's life will make it easier for him to discover mathematics in life.

Negative stimuli from the environment may create bias.

Children are not born with prejudices, they learn them. That's why we should avoid giving the message that mathematics is difficult, complicated or that they cannot do mathematics to children during their developmental stages. Instead, constructing sentences that will create positive feelings towards mathematics can trigger the child's interest.

Introduce mathematics in life.

As adults Although we do not do this with awareness in our life routine, we actually do a lot of math-related work every day. In the market, four transactions when shopping in the market; We use branches of mathematics in many routine tasks such as geometry when decorating our house, proportions when cooking. By making these evident in the child's life, we can increase the child's familiarity with mathematics.

But how?

A child's Undoubtedly, the most suitable way to gain each skill is the game. We will of course have a few suggestions that will make kids love math 😊

Marketplace: By establishing a market place at home, you can help the child gain many skills such as budget, money, minority-many relations, and counting.

Shopping: In a grocery shopping, you can determine the budget for him to calculate the products he will buy. In your shopping, “Can you put 6 apples in this bag?”, “Let's buy the bigger/small one. Can you find?” You can make them familiar with mathematics in daily life by asking questions such as

Stories: You can increase his curiosity by reading stories that support mathematical skills and make him ask lots of questions. Here are a few examples;

  • More Fun Math Tales

  • Mathematical Thinking Kit

  • Kids Intelligence Question Book

  • Open Pips

  • Fun Math World

Piggy Bank: Have your child a piggy bank. While saving to buy something he/she wants, you can ask how many liras he has for each addition of money, how many liras he needs, and how long it takes to complete it.

Sports Competitions: The numbers earned while watching a match with your child on the TV or from the stands. You can also talk about the difference in numbers between them. By talking about the shape and length of the playground or counting the time to finish, you can unconsciously teach your child to think mathematically.

Kitchen: Prepare all the ingredients while making a cake together. “What should I do if I use 4 eggs instead of 2?” You can encourage your child to think mathematically with questions such as.

Legos: Legos children's three-dimensional thinking skills, building, matching It is a game that develops in many areas such as establishing a relationship between size and smallness, and creative thinking.

The most important thing for your child to love mathematics is self-confidence. You can use encouraging sentences to improve his confidence in mathematics and appreciate his interest in this subject. Remember: if you believe, they will believe too.