If you think back to your time in school and when you learned something in particular (say the multiplication tables), it might be hard to recall exactly when something came to be known. Now think about something you learned by discovering it, or through playing a game - can you recall a specific time that you learned something new?
Math is one of those subjects that many people approach through rote memorization. Learning to recite the times tables may be helpful, but for many students this has no more meaning than singing a song. Asking your child to recall facts in isolation will indicate whether they can recite a particular fact, but may not indicate whether or not the child truly understands what it means.
Research backs up our personal observations; that children recall things that have meaning to them and that they attach to previous knowledge.
Bingo is a great game for number recognition. If your child is learning to add and subtract, try playing Chutes and Ladders with them. This game is available at dollar stores or you can play with a computer online. The purpose of the game is to add (or subtract) to get to the end of the game. If your child is learning to multiply, try cribbage. If you want to help your child understand fractions, try using recipes to bake or cook and having them do the measuring. If your child is someone who loves Lego, use the lego to help reinforce understanding of fractions, including adding and subtracting fractions. Lego can also be used to teach multiplication.
The bricks can also be used to teach area, perimeter and even volume.
If you would like specific suggestions for games that would help your child with their mathematical understanding, please speak to their teacher. You can always contact them through email.
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