I have always hated math. Always. This is not good for a home educator!
We are using Teaching Textbooks math curriculum for my 4th grade son, because I do not have to “teach” him. Since I am allergic to math, I want to make sure my boy’s math skills are strong. Much stronger than mine.
Even with great math curriculum being comfortable with numbers requires practice. But who wants to do more math worksheets? Definitely not me.
Make Math Fun!
Rather than print another paper try some of the fun Math games and activities I have created! (number fun = number comfortable)
Number Game – paint numbers all over your tiles and throw balls to add, subtract, or multiply numbers together. For little ones play less than or greater than. All you need is washable paint and 2 balls (bean bags, or even socks).
Flash Card Math – organize flash cards into equations.
Measure Me Math – all you need is a tape measure and this printable! Compare body measurements – this is great for an anatomy lesson too.
Summer Math Activities – you can do these fun activities all year long.
Lego Math Fractions – grab some lego duplos and stick them together, ask your student what fractions they would be. Ask them to make up their own fractions. Add index cards to match.
Want to take a break from the mess and preparations? Play card games! Unless you’re playing 52 Pick Up, there is little to no mess hassle.
It is fantastic my son’s love language is quality time. I shuffle a deck of cards and we get to playing. Not only does this help his basic math skills it fills up his love tank! (be sure to make them add up their points or subtract them, eek). Yahtzee is great for younger kids learning to count and beginner addition skills. A friendly tip, be patient with them!
I always search Pinterest for Math ideas like The Happy Housewife’s Homeschool Math Board.
Whatever you do – Make Math Fun!
Stef Layton lives in Orlando, Florida homeschooling two tactile learners. Stef is the Hands-On Learning Columnist for Homeschooling Today magazine. This year she started showing hands-on activities on YouTube. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @StefMLayton.