In most cases, math and especially science are a love it or leave it subject. In the past decade or so, there has been a decrease in skill-oriented jobs and an increase in technically centered jobs. Science and math take a lot of brain power to master and thus require students to work hard. According to a study by the University of Chicago in 2012, math and science are similar to physical pain. Most parents, therefore, tend to tell their children that math is hard because most time they are relieving their own terrible experiences with the subject. Those who do not tell their children that math is hard, tend to lie to see if their children are going to excel. However, there are easy ways to make your children learn to enjoy these subjects.
Create gaming activities
Children love games, and there is no way of getting around that. What if as a parent, you could make maths, a skill that is critical to life, a game that they can enjoy playing? Numerous digital gaming apps and websites will help you come up with ideas on how to can create games that will make math fun for your child. If your child is young, you might want to consider using non-digital games like playing cards or board games that require one to calculate. Studies have shown that such games are great for children not because they help pass the time and are fun but because with time, your child learns to enjoy and learn through the games.
Make them real and meaningful
You need to point out to your children that they are surrounded by math and science problems. How plants grow and the way leaves are arranged in a branch, that is science. The distribution of money and how to tell time that is math. Comparing prices at the grocery store and counting mailboxes while driving down the street are all instances of life that are mathematical. You may also offer incentives. For instance, at the checkout counter at the grocery store, let them guess how much the grocery purchased will be and give them a dollar if they are right. This will help make math and science more relatable to them. They will be keener to learn the details and will find that by relating math with real, life situations, they can get answers faster at school.
Start when they are young
Do not just wait to hire a private tutor for them, be their first teacher. Begin when they are toddlers and introduce games and concepts as their brains develop. Introducing patterns, sequences and serration systems will help them have a feel of what to expect in the future. The best thing about the things we develop an interest in when we are young is that we can never outgrow them or lose interest. They almost always seem to come naturally to us. This will be the case for your child even as the challenges become tougher; they will be able to handle what comes their way.
-Jason Phillips is a blogger and writes various articles on education. He also writes for smiletutor who provides home tutors in Singapore. He loves to go swimming and read books in his leisure time.