Worried about how to teach math to your children in your homeschool curriculum? Don’t stress, it’s easier than you think. With all the resources available, you’ll have nothing to worry about!
Math is something that most of us have dreaded when we were children. After becoming parents we now dread to teach it to our children. It is mathematics – a monster of a subject that can be very tricky to teach or learn. If you are homeschooling your children you have to be extra careful to teach them math in the right way so that they love it. Here are a few ways to make math interesting.
How to teach math in your homeschool
These are just a few simple tips for how to teach math and make it fun!
Make him love numbers
It is important that your kids love math and want to learn it. Some of the fun ways that you can teach math can be:
- Introduce them to numbers by using flash cards.
- Play games to help them to understand the concept of addition and subtraction.
- When you go out for walks, count the number of blue or white cars you see on the road.
- Get flowers from the garden and arrange them according to their size or shape.
- Teach your children the concept of measurement by measuring their body parts. This would help them in understanding anatomy also.
- Dice games are of great help to practice mental maths. Roll the dice and keep on adding the numbers. Whoever reaches 100 first wins the game.
- Fractions can be taught by cutting down pizzas into different portions. Keep on innovating and you will come across many ways to teach him math and take a deep interest in it.
- Take him to the park and other public places and show him the shapes around. This would help in developing the sense of size also.
See how simple teaching math can really be?
Get games that teach math
Thankfully, there are many games that can be used to teach math to homeschoolers. Money bags and Sum Swamp Game are some of these that you can play at home and develop the mathematical skills of your children.
For children in higher grades, you have to take help of textbooks. Make sure that the books you choose are interesting.
Try different books so that your children get exposure to different types of problems.
Use the internet for approaches and strategies for teaching math
Here is one resource that can come to your rescue – the Internet. To make math interesting, visit various sites dedicated to math and study the trivia.
Your children would love to know about Pythagoras and other famous mathematicians whose discoveries they are studying in the math curriculum.
Check out Super Teacher Worksheets for math worksheets. There is a $20/year fee, but I think it’s worth it. 🙂
Practice, practice, and practice!
At the end of the day, practice makes you master a subject and this is true for maths also. Set aside a definite time everyday to learn maths.
Never miss it and always encourage your kids to ask questions. All their doubts should be cleared to build a strong foundation in maths.
Make learning maths a joint adventure. Discover the fun behind numbers and you will find that you are enjoying teaching it too.
If you let it become overwhelming and scary, it will! Stay positive and engaged with the teaching and it will all work out just fine.