Are you tired of fighting your kids to do their math lessons? A student’s disdain for math seems to be a problem that many homeschool parents deal with daily. Unfortunately, unlike history, reading, and science, all of which can easily be incorporated into daily life in a fun and engaging way, mathematics tends to be a bit more difficult to weave in.
That said, there are ways to make this often-frustrating subject enjoyable even for those who claim to hate the very idea of working with numbers.
Here are a few ways to incorporate mathematics into your everyday life so you can 1) show your kids that math is useful, and 2) feel less guilty on days when you lose the schoolwork battle.
There are plenty of amazing board games and card games that can help your student get a better grasp on math without ever feeling bored or overwhelmed. Set, for example, is a fantastic card game that helps with pattern recognition. Ticket to Ride, on the other hand, is great for practicing planning and counting.
Want more math board game ideas? Check out this post on the subject.
Meal planning around a budget is not only a fantastic life skill, it’s also a perfect way to get in some productive math practice. Have your children take turns meal-planning and staying within the weekly budget. Soon enough, they will be amazing planners and great at applying math both during grocery trips and in the real world.
Ask Real-Life Word Problems
Sometimes kids are more willing to learn something if they understand how it will be applied in real life. Therefore, learning things like long division is often a struggle. However, if you can show your children how their math skills can be applied in day-to-day life by asking them real-life word problems throughout the day, they may be more willing to listen the next time math lesson time rolls around.
Have you ever considered the amount of math you have to do just to cut a recipe in half? This fact makes cooking the ideal math lesson for children who aren’t interested in textbooks on a particular day. Give your child a recipe, then ask him or her to either cut it in half or double it, and then have them make everyone a delicious snack as their reward for doing so.
Music is another awesome way to get kids interested in math. It requires thinking in fractions, recognizing patterns, and more. Therefore, music lessons of any kind and regular practice sessions can both be excellent ways to add some math into your daily routine.
Not sure where to go for music lessons? Check out the wonderful options we have here at The Loop by going to our calendar page.