STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE MATH SKILLS
Go on a (make believe) spending spree where the child gets to circle things, he or she may like to buy in catalogs. The challenge would be for the child to remove items from his or her wish list to get below a set budget. Give it a try!
Set up a pretend store which helps boost the child’s money skills. Give her a budget and some real money to “spend”. Set prices and challenge her to stay within budget. When done change places and let her be the cashier
Kitchen tools provide a great opportunity to teach the child abstract concepts in math. Use the measuring cup to explain fractions
Use the clock in the house to get the child involved in addition and subtraction
Play cards and use dice to explore the child’s arithmetic skills
Use household items such as paper, toothpicks, straws, paper to construct shapes
Use cash memos and receipts to teach your child about estimation
Read books with mathematical themes
Be positive and try to encourage your child by reminding him of all-important things maths is used for. From winning in board games to cool careers such as astronauts, video game programmer, scientist’s, and race car drivers where math formulas are used every day
Weekly allowance helps the child manage money. He can make a ledger to record his income and expenses. If he wants to borrow from you help him calculate the interest as well
Encourage, and praise their effort whenever they are successful in a task. This helps build self- esteem in the child
Take your child’s Interests into account. Math is related to just about every interest. Whether your child is into computers, fashion or even building. All these interests require, calculating costs, coding, building complex structures
Integrate math into fun activities like baking, or a car ride where you have him calculate the km or even in sports where he calculates the batting scores
Encourage mental maths
Children are used to a fixed routine so chalk out a daily plan to prevent the lockdown from obstructing their schedule and create a dedicated space for learning. By applying the mentioned strategies during lockdown, math will no longer be an intimidating subject for the children instead a fun and happy learning experience!