Maths is still viewed by many students as being one of the hardest subjects in school but something that really works as a way of helping to change that mindset is to expose children to maths in a more fun and interactive way. So why not combine learning with fun and try out some maths games with your child the next time you are looking for something to entertain them with on a wet day?
It doesn’t have to be complicated – Use simple materials such as used butter boxes and buttons and see how immersed your younger children will become in this simple yet enjoyable activity while learning how to count. Or for the ones that are a little older, why not try some of the old favourites such as Ludo or Monopoly Junior. Playing these games, children don’t even realise that they are learning something valuable that will help them later in life.
We are working with a number of schools in the Midlands who have recently decided to try out the Canadian ‘JUMP Maths’ Programme. JUMP Maths (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), is a charitable organisation which focuses on new and more innovative ways to educate young people about maths. With origins in Canada, its mission is to encourage a love and understanding of maths in students and educators. The JUMP Maths philosophy is founded upon a belief that all children can be led to think mathematically, even if they may harbour some innate anxiety around it. Many students face unnecessary fears when it comes to learning maths but the positive feedback we have had from teaching staff involved in the delivery of JUMP locally indicates that the programme is really helping to restore confidence in students!
Anything that combines STEM and learning with fun gets our vote 🙂