is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

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is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby karenmok » Thu May 24, 2012 10:09 pm

I sent my kid to abacus class and she didn't like it. She hates maths and her grades reflect this. Is there some way I can make her to enjoy maths? I don't want to pressurize her but she should still manage the subject.

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby newuser » Thu May 24, 2012 10:31 pm

How old is your kid?
My girl doesn't like it too. I later enrol her to jelic. And she enjoyed it as it uses manipulative so hands on works for her and now she is taking mpm.

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby 2cor41618 » Fri May 25, 2012 12:19 am

karenmok wrote:I sent my kid to abacus class and she didn't like it. She hates maths and her grades reflect this. Is there some way I can make her to enjoy maths? I don't want to pressurize her but she should still manage the subject.



Hi, the reason most children do not like Math is basically they did not do well in it and the vicious cycle goes on. Try to make the work bite-size and easy for her at first and shower her with lots of praise and encouragement. You could start a chart and say, if she gets 10 stars, she gets a little reward, doesn't have to be something big (my daughter is contented with stickers :smile: ). Math is really all about practice and exposure. As your daughter experiences more success, I'm sure she will love the subject. Of course, mummy dearest has to put in a lot of hard work as well to prepare the materials suitable at her level. Happy teaching :rahrah:

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby dagong99 » Fri May 25, 2012 7:56 am

karenmok wrote:I sent my kid to abacus class and she didn't like it. She hates maths and her grades reflect this. Is there some way I can make her to enjoy maths? I don't want to pressurize her but she should still manage the subject.



Hi, the reason most children do not like Math is basically they did not do well in it and the vicious cycle goes on. Try to make the work bite-size and easy for her at first and shower her with lots of praise and encouragement. You could start a chart and say, if she gets 10 stars, she gets a little reward, doesn't have to be something big (my daughter is contented with stickers :smile: ). Math is really all about practice and exposure. As your daughter experiences more success, I'm sure she will love the subject. Of course, mummy dearest has to put in a lot of hard work as well to prepare the materials suitable at her level. Happy teaching :rahrah:


This is what i observed so far, it seems that girls tend to like or perform better in language subjects while boys in Math & Science ... both DSs excel in Math & Science but when it comes to languages, my tears will drop .... and i agree that kids tend to like the subjects that they do well, guess that's why DS1 ended up in the school that specialises in Math & Science where he feels that he can be with pp that share the same passion ....

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby CH2 » Fri May 25, 2012 3:39 pm

2cor41618 wrote:
karenmok wrote:I sent my kid to abacus class and she didn't like it. She hates maths and her grades reflect this. Is there some way I can make her to enjoy maths? I don't want to pressurize her but she should still manage the subject.



Hi, the reason most children do not like Math is basically they did not do well in it and the vicious cycle goes on. Try to make the work bite-size and easy for her at first and shower her with lots of praise and encouragement. You could start a chart and say, if she gets 10 stars, she gets a little reward, doesn't have to be something big (my daughter is contented with stickers :smile: ). Math is really all about practice and exposure. As your daughter experiences more success, I'm sure she will love the subject. Of course, mummy dearest has to put in a lot of hard work as well to prepare the materials suitable at her level. Happy teaching :rahrah:


Agree with the above totally.

Don't give them too much at any single time. Always give them stuff that they can finish without sweating too much. If they can complete what is given to them, they will have a little sense of satisfaction and pride.

One last thing that I am working on right now. Don't loss your temper.

Cheers

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby tutorsg_punggol » Sat May 26, 2012 1:13 am

Hi,

One of the ways you can try is to let her try on easier questions first. The moment she keeps getting them correct, she will feel that maths is not that difficult. Once she has the confidence, you can try the harder ones. Always keep encouraging them. Tell them it's okay to get it wrong but they must understand why they got it wrong and explain to them. Never let them move on without explaining the correct answer. If not, they will not get it correct the next time they see it and then they will feel demoralised again.

Another way is to let them play mathematical games. I do create some to let my students play. And they loved it.

All the best!

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby 2cor41618 » Sat May 26, 2012 12:22 pm

karenmok wrote:I sent my kid to abacus class and she didn't like it. She hates maths and her grades reflect this. Is there some way I can make her to enjoy maths? I don't want to pressurize her but she should still manage the subject.



Hi karenmok, one thing about abacus is that it is rather abstract, especially for younger kids who know nuts about number bonds yet. It's just one way to lead to 心算 and unless your kid loves it, i see no reason why you want to force it down her throat. Many kids who do not know 心算 still do well for Math. Cheers :celebrate:

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby elderflowertea » Sat May 26, 2012 2:46 pm

tutorsg_punggol wrote:Hi,

One of the ways you can try is to let her try on easier questions first. The moment she keeps getting them correct, she will feel that maths is not that difficult. Once she has the confidence, you can try the harder ones. Always keep encouraging them. Tell them it's okay to get it wrong but they must understand why they got it wrong and explain to them. Never let them move on without explaining the correct answer. If not, they will not get it correct the next time they see it and then they will feel demoralised again.

Another way is to let them play mathematical games. I do create some to let my students play. And they loved it.

All the best!


What math game? Care to share?

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby tutorsg_punggol » Sat May 26, 2012 3:50 pm

Hi,
I create simple additional, subtraction, multiplication and division questions. It could be in the form of a crossword puzzle style. Then let them answer. Of cos, will add another questions like those that include more than and less than since those are the questions that they always scratch their heads. :)


elderflowertea wrote:
tutorsg_punggol wrote:Hi,

One of the ways you can try is to let her try on easier questions first. The moment she keeps getting them correct, she will feel that maths is not that difficult. Once she has the confidence, you can try the harder ones. Always keep encouraging them. Tell them it's okay to get it wrong but they must understand why they got it wrong and explain to them. Never let them move on without explaining the correct answer. If not, they will not get it correct the next time they see it and then they will feel demoralised again.

Another way is to let them play mathematical games. I do create some to let my students play. And they loved it.

All the best!


What math game? Care to share?

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Re: is it possible to make Maths enjoyable?

Postby BeContented » Sat May 26, 2012 5:30 pm

2cor41618 wrote:
karenmok wrote:I sent my kid to abacus class and she didn't like it. She hates maths and her grades reflect this. Is there some way I can make her to enjoy maths? I don't want to pressurize her but she should still manage the subject.



Hi, the reason most children do not like Math is basically they did not do well in it and the vicious cycle goes on. Try to make the work bite-size and easy for her at first and shower her with lots of praise and encouragement. You could start a chart and say, if she gets 10 stars, she gets a little reward, doesn't have to be something big (my daughter is contented with stickers :smile: ). Math is really all about practice and exposure. As your daughter experiences more success, I'm sure she will love the subject. Of course, mummy dearest has to put in a lot of hard work as well to prepare the materials suitable at her level. Happy teaching :rahrah:



Agree with above totally.

My DS was a natural with maths, he just absorb and advances easily. Was really easy with him.

DD (1 year younger) was the happy-go-lucky and blur type and did not have a natural flare for Maths. At K1, I could go thru the same stuff repeatedly until she finally got it right. BUT the effect only lasted 1 day....next day, all wrong again :faint: :stupid: After weeks of repeating the correct-wrong next day- cycle, the poor gal kena scolded upsided down :oops: Eventually I lost all my patience and pushed to DH to coach her - he's the higher level Maths teacher in my household, more patient too :wink: He end up :spank: her, she cried damn pitifully :gloomy: DD started disliking Maths :nailbite:

We both realised we had to be A LOT more patient with DD.....and gotta make her understand the concept with visual/objects etc. Cannot expect her to be like DS 一点就通. I implemented all the highlighted above too.....slowly, DD experienced sweet little success (you could see her eyes beaming with happiness and pride :smile: ) & got more confident. By K2/P1, she was getting better and would request to do Maths worksheet/assessment. But of course, I gave her lotsa PRAISE for good effort (quite amusing to see her beaming soooo happily actually :wink: ) Our biggest surprise - she top Maths in P1. From there on things became a lot easier....tho we still face bouts of 'mental block', she is motivated.....and that is IMO the most important attribute. So far, her Maths is still consistently amongst the high....I know very well her 'kongfu' will never be as strong like the elder brother, but hey.....each child is different, I am satisfied with her progress.

Let the child experience small success & celebrate it. I believe many would start to like Maths more once they are better at it. I believe this would true for most kids. Even if they never really like the subject, at least dun hate it. Once there is resistance, it'll be harder to enjoy or do well in it (for kids)

Lastly, we need to manage our expectations......

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