Math can become a major source fo stress for children in Third Grade. The introduction of new concepts, coupled with the increase in demand of new systems for class, tech, and other new factors for them, can leave kid feeling overwhelmed and uninterested in Math Class. However, there are ways you can get involved to spark that love for math with simple, everyday gestures and activities. Here are 5 ways to make Math fun:
1. Discuss Math Class at Home:
Encourage your child to talk about the math concepts taught at school. Don’t just ask, “How was math class today?” Instead, ask him or her about something learned in class or something that was a bit more difficult to understand. If you are a homeschooler, revisit some concepts in casual conversation at other moments when class in not in session, so to speak. This will be a good refresher and an opportunity to address your student’s feelings about the subject.
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2. Talk casually and clearly through Math problems:
If your child is struggling with math problems, have him or her read each problem out loud slowly and carefully, in order to listen carefully to the problem and think about what is being asked. This helps everyone break down the problem and come up with problem-solving strategies.
Also, take it a step further by finding as many opportunities as possible to highlight math problems in real life. If you’re doubling a recipe and need to figure out measurements, enlist your 3rd grader’s help. Measuring cups provide an especially good opportunity for your child to become familiarized with the concept of fractions. If a recipe calls for a cup and a half of something, ask how many 1⁄2 or 1⁄4 cups would be needed.
3. Play Math Games:
Time spent commuting or waiting in a car is a great opportunity to play math games with your child. Multiplication is one of the key math concepts he or she is working on at this level and you can help your student practice by asking simple multiplication problems that relate to real life. Ask your child to figure out the number of days until an event three weeks from today, or calculate how many weeks of allowance would he or she need to save up for a particular toy or special item on the wishlist.
4. Explore Math with sports:
Sports provide a fun and engaging way of exploring a host of mathematical concepts, starting with basic addition. The halves of a soccer game or the quarters of a football game offer an illustration of how fractions work in the real world. If your child enjoys a sport, encourage him or her to explore it through math.
5. Practice Telling Time:
Have your child practice her time-telling skills as often as possible, by asking to check the clock for you, or by comparing the time on a face clock to see if it’s displaying the same time as a digital clock. If you have an appointment and need to leave by a certain time, have your little assistant help count down the minutes until then.
about the author
Jennifer Sanchez is a Texas native and elementary school teacher in Austin. A self-proclaimed ‘Math-a-Holic’, she has inspiring kids to be great at maths since 2000, by applying super fun games, songs, and props in her lessons. She’s extremely proud to teach in the Lone Star State and shares her insight and tips with our audience every week in the EDUCATION section.