Many people take it for granted that math is something in which you are either gifted or stunted. There is no gene for mathematical ability, however; literally anyone can become a math whiz under the right circumstances. As with any other skill, becoming a math genius will take time, practice, and a lot of repetition. Here are ten things you can do with your child every day to get him or her interested in and good at math that don’t require expensive tutors, camps, or stressful pressure on your child.
10. Don’t Waste Time
It has been shown that between all of the various screens to which children are exposed – television, video games, phones, and tablets – literally years of their life can be passively wasted. In this technological age, it is important for children to have digital literacy. That means using screens fairly regularly. But the way that children use these devices is all important. Make sure the site and activities your children are using encourage active participation and learning rather than passive zombie-like staring. Every moment counts.
9. Buy Legos
Legos aren’t just for boys any more. It has been proven that an early interest in building toys leads to better mathematical ability and success in such fields as engineering. To get your child interested in mathematical concepts early, provide building toys such as Lego or K’NEX. The spatial concepts encouraged by these toys help children conceptualize complex abstractions from small pieces. This is a key factor in mathematics, and the earlier a child can learn it, the easier it will be to absorb even more complex concepts down the road.