Arithmetic, computation or mathematics … no matter what it’s called in school, the subject often adds up in a child’s mind as plain old boring. Kindergarten worksheets display clusters of objects for children to color and count. By third or fourth grade word problems sneak into the curriculum. I don’t know about you, but when I was a child, I remember reading the word problems and thinking, who cares? I also remember spending many happy hours playing board games-several of which teach math skills.
It’s not that the subject of mathematics is boring in and of itself, it’s that worksheets, word problems, multiplication tables and textbooks ignite little (if any) excitement. When your child whines, “This is too hard!”, what he may really mean is, “This is no fun!” Math really can be fun… if you take a less conventional approach to it.
Continue reading From Boring To Board Games: Math Really Can Be Fun! by Elise Griffith, from the Jan-Feb, 1998 issue of Home Education Magazine. Subscribe to Home Education Magazine and enjoy helpful articles in every issue! A subscription makes a wonderful Christmas gift, too!