Teaching Your Child Math at Home

“Me Too! Me, I will try too! “Do you know it?

Children naturally learn by mimicking mum and dad – it is of course not something new … but what could be much better than use this innate tendency to consciously to merge some more learning into the everyday small events?

“Homework” is 100% relevant and usable, and then it’s even proven that new knowledge hangs better fixed in memory when it is something that the kids can relate to their own lives! And it’s a fun way to do math and other school subjects.

 

Reminders and shopping lists

It is a good idea to write memory-and shopping lists together with the children and encourage them to get what you want to include in the list. There is a lack of bananas or chocolate? What shoes and sandals to be on holiday? Children learn to plan and even have an overview and think ahead.

It also gives the kids a good idea about the food not just magically ends up in the fridge – and that one has to be somewhat prescient when you have to leave home for extended periods of time.

 

Shopping

When you shop, it is a brilliant opportunity to teach the children what everything is called and expand their vocabulary. For little older children, you can ask them to count together along the way, how much the total purchase will be. You can also tell the child that you only have x number of dollars with, so you have to buy it in need for supper and keep an eye on that in not going over “budget”. It is a fun way to get braided mathematics and numbers into everyday life and give children an idea of what things cost, at the same time, with the understanding that it can be sensible or necessary to keep a little back and prioritize.

 

Measure ingredients for baking

It is of course wonderful to cook along with children, and then stand there with the flour in your hair, dough between your fingers and a big smile on the lips! Kids also love to have their own play kitchen and legemad as they can unfold while standing over the hot pots and dinner. But when you now have the option for it and if you do follow a specific recipe with goals, then let your child help to measure the ingredients and mix everything together in the right order.

 

Fridge

You also had a fridge when you were a kid? It was a wonderful experience, right? There is no such thing as one’s first real job, where one can see and feel the tangible results of your hard work. Get like Grandpa and Grandma to come by for a summer drink, if you live on a road without so many passers-by, and make sure that the child keeps company with revenues – then it is fun to do math! It is also a good idea to let the child buy lemons and honey for next weekend’s fridge out of the first earnings. So all of a sudden both plus and minus are considered in your company and create an understanding that one also has to take expenses into account.

 

Play money

When the children reach a certain age, it is a good idea to give them their own economy, but you can start quite early with initially using play money that looks like real Danish coins and banknotes. Play money is funny to play around with, or in the grocery store play food with dinner and get the kids to even buy the food they want. It is much easier for children to understand mathematics when they have concrete (play) money between your hands and see the difference right away. It also helps to give the children a reasonable relation to the economy.

 

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It was here just a handful of suggestions that you can try out at home – share your ideas with everyone and write your comments below!

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