Teaching kids to love Maths


1. Lessons should be fun: When laughter and fun is involved a positive emotional connotation is paired to the information. When it comes to youngsters, there needs to be an emphasis on interaction, physical and fun exercises that make them believe they're playing when they're actually learning. Incorporating games, toys and diverse settings stimulates them to think spatially and visually about numbers, rather than see it all as a bombardment of information. Fun should be challenging too It important to note that fun means engagement and learning, but it also means challenge. Much like when children learn an art or sport, they will need to be challenged to improve. If the challenge is structured in an environment that encourages growth and personal achievement, the chances are high they will succeed.

2. Focus on the foundation: When children don't have the foundational understanding of the subject, they develop a fear for the subject as a result. This fear eventually translates into bad grades, and children will continue to struggle to turn these around because the bedrock is already tainted with negative association.

3. Provide children with an optimal learning environment: Everything they might need should be accessible. This can be things like comfortable seating, enough light, stationery, support, soroban abacus, mathematical games et cetera.

4. Let children care about Mathematics: In his book “Teaching with the Brain in Mind�?, author Eric Jensen stresses that learning works best when the activity is intrinsically meaningful to the person. This means that children need to care about maths if they are to unlock its true potential and value.

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