Many homeschooling parents dream of a mathematical magic bullet — a game, app, or book that will help their children learn math and enjoy it.
As in life, so also in math, there is no magic solution.
Do you want your children to learn math and enjoy it? Teach them to be Math Makers.
When they create their own math, students build deep, personal connections to math concepts. They think about the relationships between numbers, shapes, and patterns. Math becomes personal.
Toys, hobbies, favorite stories — all can be fodder for math creation.
Where Do Math Makers Get Ideas?
Let the child choose something to think about.
Make an “I Notice” list. How does that item relate to math? What patterns or shapes can you see?
Or how would the story characters use numbers in their daily lives? Would they cook, or go shopping? Might they build something? Would they decorate it with a design? What would they count or measure?
Make an “I Wonder” list. How many different ways might you turn the things you noticed into questions? What else might you ask?
Then turn one of your noticings or wonderings into a math story, poem, puzzle, drawing, or game. Create your own math. Share your creation with family and friends.
Now Get Published
Join the Student Math Makers team. We’d love to add your math creation to our collection and share it with viewers all around the world!
Download a Math Makers Invitation and Submission Form below:
CREDITS: Feature photo (top) by MI PHAM via Unsplash.com.