Tag: Learning

20 Jan

Parents’ Guide to Making Primary Maths Fun

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Maths could be considered to be one of the most challenging subjects when it comes to school. However, once children begin to learn maths, they can see that it helps them with solving maths problems and it helps them get by in everyday life. Despite this, to get to this point, they will need to overcome challenges, frustration and difficulties all of which can result in children becoming disheartened with the subject,

From algebra questions to geometry, there are many aspects to teaching maths. If we set the right foundations and make maths a subject that children enjoy learning, they will be adequately prepared for that time when GCSE maths questions become a part of their education.

With this in mind, how can parents make primary maths fun again?

Create Games

There are so many games out there that bring maths to life. In fact, many children are probably not too familiar with old-fashioned board games but they still provide plenty of excitement nonetheless. Therefore, give children the chance to explore games such as monopoly or the Pizza Fraction Fun Game. These games are packed with fun while encouraging children to use their maths skills without them barely realising.

Use Apps

Part of the learning process now involves technology and this is where smart devices can come into play. Children love using them and with so many apps and games available, parents can help them to improve their primary maths skills while enjoying the interactive aspect of apps.

Include Maths in Everyday Life

Whether parents are filling up their car with fuel, travelling on a journey or shopping, we are surrounded by opportunities to learn maths.

Parents can get cooking with their children and ask them to weigh out their ingredients before using some of the ingredients and working out what is remaining. If parents are driving on a long journey and are asked how long is left until they arrive at their destination then they can explain that the total journey is 150 miles and they have already driven 45, so how many miles are left? All of these questions pop up in everyday life and that provides the perfect opportunity to get children thinking.

Help Them To Understand the Purpose of Maths

For many children, they do not see the relevance of maths in day-to-day life. However, we all need maths, particularly when we are shopping. Therefore, if you are at the supermarket then parents can ask their children which products offer the best value or what will be the total cost of a range of items. Once they realise that this is all part and a parcel of everyday life, they will value it more and enjoy working out these kinds of things when they are out and about without the need for a prompt.

Ask Relative Thoughtful Questions

Children love nothing more than being asked questions and being asked questions is a crucial part of making maths fun again. If you can tie in these questions with their interests then you can really ignite that spark inside them. If they are a football fan, you can ask them to total up the number of goals scored in several games or if they enjoy pizza then you can ask them if ½ of a pizza is bigger than ¾ of a pizza. These are the sort of questions that will mean something to them and will enhance their experience of maths.

If you can bring their interests to life by asking them questions, then you will encourage them to continually work out maths-related questions each time.

So, maths can be a testing and challenging subject for children. However, parents can play their part in ensuring that they make it as interesting as possible while giving children the chance to learn and progress.

20 Jan

How to Get Your Child Excited About Reading

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Learning to read is one of the most important aspects in the development of a child. When they learn to read, it enables them to move through life while having the ability to undertake a range of tasks. It is a skill that is vital to all of us but still when it comes to learning to read, it is vital that we ensure we keep things exciting for them.

To children, learning to read is something that they can lose interest in especially when they are easily distracted by other things. However, when it comes to learning to read, there is a lot that we can do to make sure that they enjoy it and can get excited about it. Once the excitement is there, they will want to continue their learning experience while getting as much from it as possible.


So, how do you get your child excited about reading?


Make it a Part of Their Routine

Children respond well to routine, even if at first it takes time to get them into that routine. Whether it is having bath time at the same time each day or putting them to bed, the routine provides structure and gives them an understanding of what is expected of them and the same can be said for reading.

Whether you schedule reading in before they go to bed or after they have had food, making them aware of the fact that reading has to be done each day will get them excited about it. When they know that they have time set aside for it, they will understand that it is time for them to show off how well they can read and how they have progressed.


Create a Reading Area

Children love the idea of having a secret or special place in which they can do things. Look at the way in which children love building dens and use that excitement by creating a special reading area. You can put bean bags on the floor, even create a cosy corner in their bedroom with a roof where you can read in privacy and in secrecy. They will love the chance to hide themselves away with you each day, making the experience exciting and an adventure at the same time!


Create Regular Read Aloud Time

Children respond well to hearing things and they often absorb a lot of what they hear which is why it is important that you add read-aloud time to your reading schedule. This kind of reading enables you. Research has found that children who are read books by someone who loves reading will also develop a passion for books and reading. Read-aloud time will inspire children to learn and enhance their reading while it also shows them the joy that they can get from reading. 

All of this will increase their excitement of reading and will help them to benefit from every second they spend reading books.