Are your children bored trying to learn their math facts? Do they struggle to sit still? You may have to do something
to break up the monotony of the school
day for them. You can make math fun by
playing games that allow your children to
move around the room.
I homeschool my son who is 15 years
Giant Board Game
old. He has been blessed with amazing
amounts of energy. He can outrun me
while I am riding my bicycle! Sitting still
for long periods of time is not something
my son likes to do. To help him learn his
math facts when he was younger, I found
ways of teaching that allowed him to use
his God-given energy.
Your living room can be transformed into
a giant board game. Choose some math
facts that your children need to memorize,
write them on index cards, and lay the in-
dex cards on the floor. Roll a die to see how
many spaces to move forward. You can
have children skip, jump, or hop next to
their math fact. If children get the answer
correct, they stay by that math fact; if they
do not get the answer correct, they have to
go back to the last math fact they got cor-
rect. Having to get the right answer can
help motivate children to know their facts.
You can play this game throughout
the week as time allows. My son and I
have such fond memories of this time we
spent together. I laugh when I remember
how he used to jump around the room.
Somedays, my son would enjoy using his
favorite LEGO® people or a toy car as his
Fun Teaching Math?
Is That Even
by Marci Hanks
You can make math fun by playing games that allow
your children to move around the room.