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How to Make Math Beautiful Again

Why do a lot of children dislike math? Is the subject actually that difficult? 

The Chicago Tribune reported that math-anxious parents may influence their children into hating the subject as well, even by unassuming statements like, “Math never made any sense to me.” The children of math-averse parents reported more math anxiety than kids whose parents weren’t. This proves that the resistance to math goes back generations.

In reality, math can be a very interesting subject, and mathematicians would even say that it’s beautiful and important. Lecturer Vicky Neale shared that math guides her in coming up with strategies to a problem. If she comes up with a solution that seems clumsy, she’ll find a better, more elegant way to solve the problem. What she’s indicating is that math can be very much applied to real life, and not just problems in a book.

The reason why many people hate math also stems from the way it is taught in school. Rather than learning it in a manner that they can apply it in actual situations, children are given problems on paper, with no real dimensions. Standardized math tests tend to be frustrating; hence why children lose interest in the subject. To teach math in an engaging way, the key is to make it fun by combining it with other elements, such as games. Kids naturally love to count, sort, do puzzles, and discover patterns after all. The important part is to let children embrace math, along with other STEM subjects, early on in school rather than in late middle school or high school. 

The subject may also be approached through art. Tootsa discussed a method of learning math through drawing challenges that encourage kids to be curious and creative. The result of these activities are patterns with a mathematical basis. The Parents website also suggest teaching

 math through real life situations, like going on a mock spending spree or setting up a pretend store. Parents can also involve children in cooking lessons, as they can learn about fractions.

This is why Foundations School uses Creative Curriculum in preschool classrooms, because it has research supporting the benefits of activity based settings for children. We use the Reggio Emilia approach (art-based), because children learn faster when lessons are directly relevant to their interests. For our elementary school program, teachers use a variety of learning sources, from online, to textbooks, to project work. Sometimes, the math projects involve drama and literature.

Ideally, no subject is hard to learn. As long as teachers can make the topic interesting, children will remain curious and eager to know and learn more. People may think that math has no relevance to real life, but it actually helps in developing reasoning skills, creativity, critical thinking, and spatial thinking. Teaching it in an engaging way early in a child’s school life will mold those skills.

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