Fun Ways to Learn Mathematics with Children
Children are afraid of math lessons, Bun? Apparently, parents also contribute to making children afraid of mathematics, you know.
Not a few who think mathematics is a scary, troublesome and most boring lesson. Even if children offer math problems, there are mothers who react spontaneously asking children to ask their father or vice versa.
If parents cannot teach, the easiest solution is to bring private tutors home. Approximately what can parents do so that the fear of mathematics does not decrease to the child?
Said Ruth Champagne, Ph.D., lecturer in mathematics education at Concordia University, River Forest, USA, parents unwittingly thought, ‘I don’t like or don’t master’. The thought also fosters children’s dislike or fear of mathematics.
To make children like mathematics, said Ruth, it really doesn’t depend on how much math knowledge parents have. However, it is more fulfilled the conditions for how much parents become a child guide.
So that children are not afraid of mathematics, we can start in a simple way, Bun. For example, using a game system such as playing cards or interesting books. Other media are certainly still many, but according to Ruth, simple games can be created by anyone. Including those who don’t like math.
Ruth advised parents to look for references through math books. In this way, we can strengthen the skills needed by the child to master mathematics, namely perseverance, ability, following the systematics, willingness to practice, and the ability to become a problem solver.
Mathematics is indeed not a light lesson. A number of studies in the United States have also proven it. They examined the class consisting of 1,010 elementary students.
One of his findings, a third of the time teachers taught was only used to teach mathematics. In grades 3-4 and 4-5 elementary schools, many students have difficulties with fractions, decimals, percent, and measurements. There are also children who do not understand the word ‘combined’, ‘collected into one’ or ‘summed’.
Linking Mathematics with Real Life
Ruth said the problem occurred because most schools did not connect with the real world. This fact is exacerbated by the perception of parents who do not consider mathematics to be part of the everyday and pleasant world. As quoted from the book ‘Parents Guide Growing Up 7-9 Years’.
In fact, understanding the concept of counting (added, less, times and divided) can be practiced when inviting children to shop, arrange dinner, ride a horse carriage, clean the house, or exercise. For example, Bun, when we go to the supermarket we can ask the child to calculate how much the four cans of drinks cost. Then at the dining table, the children arrange dinner, can be asked to count the number of cutlery according to family members.
Dr. Maria Montessori also said the same thing, which was concluded in the Montessori Math Age book 6-12 + Years: Geometry, Math, Measurement. According to him, children aged 6-12 years are inspired by stories, examples, and pictures, so they are happy to learn more.
For example, Bun, to introduce geometry that also uses mathematics, graphics, and fractions in it, we can give understanding to children that they are tools that make sense and can be applied in real life. Well, that’s why children must be given props that can be manipulated for all fields of mathematics. Then the child is left to decide when he is ready to work without the material, which is abstract with pen and paper.
The mathematical concept that is understood and practiced by a process like this will stick in the child’s mind, Bun.
Anyway, so that children become more confident in facing mathematics, we really need to give an example. For example, show our confidence in calculating electricity bills, shopping lists, or calculating household expenses.
Accompany children when doing homework. Help him solve his difficulties by giving him examples in everyday life so that children easily understand the mathematical concepts they learn.
If the child has joined tutoring but how does it change? Apparently, the counting skills are also related to the structure of the brain, Bun.
Smart Counting because of the Brain
To get this conclusion, the team led by Kaustubh Supekar from Stanford University School of Medicine, California, used a fMRI scan to measure how the brain response of 24 elementary school students aged 8-9 years after undergoing 8 months of private math tutorials.
As a result, the speed and accuracy in completing numeracy questions in all participants increased with the existence of tutorials, even in certain children the ability increased significantly.
From there, researchers found the size and connectivity of the hippocampus or parts of the brain that play an important role in determining the ability of memory, Bun. That has the biggest impact in determining the progress of participant counting.
“Our findings provide evidence that different parts of the brain in each individual are related to learning ability and memory and are the best means for predicting the level of responsiveness of math tutorials to children, rather than parts of the brain that are usually associated with numeracy,” the researchers concluded as reported by Health21child health, Child nutrition, child psychology, Education kid, Guided Lessons, kid sports