Math is a very visual subject. The way math is taught in the classroom does not allow children to see how concepts get applied. Which is why they either fear the subject or lose interest.
Instead of sticking to traditional teaching methods, try to add some teaching aids for your child’s math classes. You will see that children not only grasp concepts better but also enjoy learning math.
Here are a few learning aids that you can make use of:
Blocks, rods & flats for numbers & operations
When teaching numbers, it’s always easier to say “I have 10 chocolates in one hand and two in the other.” instead of “Which is greater, 10 or 2?”
To introduce numbers seamlessly, you can use blocks, rods and flats. Each block represents 1 unit, each rod represents 10 units and each flat represents 100 units. A student sees how 1 block is smaller than 1 rod but 10 blocks together would be equal to 1 rod.
Students can actually understand the scale of numbers because it’s physically impossible to show 100 chocolates in one hand.
Tabs to build mental agility
Technology is an important facet in today’s world and students love playing games on tabs and smartphones. A good tab can help your students improve their cognitive skills. There are a good number of free games like Peak Brain Training app which consists of multiple exercises for the brain to keep it sharp.
Cuemath Teachers use the CueStudent app, which has a good number of exercises that help students improve their mental ability.
Blocks to learn fractions and decimals
Even fractions can be visualized using blocks. Take the previous example where 10 blocks make 1 rod. Students can see that 1 block would be 1/10 of a rod. Apart from this, you can also make use Cuemath’s fraction blocks as shown in the video below.
Puzzles to build reasoning
Puzzles build interest among students. A lot of free puzzles are available online, you could distribute them among your students and watch how they reason out answers. Ask your child to involve his friends and encourage them to work together and come up with answers. Discuss the possibilities of these answers and your child will become more engaged and excited about learning math.
Introduce the concept of geometry through actual shapes. This is a much better approach than just textbook images. The shapes help students visualize 3D objects. The concepts of area, volume etc. are much better explained using these figures.