Recently Emmy was put forward for extra Maths classes in school, I had always been told she was good at Maths but she has started to struggle a little as the work is getting harder.
I am of course grateful she is getting some extra help but wish I had been told a little earlier so I could help her myself at home a little.
I’m not a huge fan of sitting kids down with a workbook however and prefer the learning through play approach so have been trying to make things fun for her and it has been working – she is currently off of school poorly but asked me to draw her Maths squares so she could fill them in – we have been doing these together all weekend and she’s not tired of them yet.
These are set out like a crossword grid with the across squares being unit values and the down squares being the 10’s values.
I have also purchased number cubes for her and an abacus so we can play games and she can work out the answers easily – she is fine if she can use her fingers but bigger numbers require a little more help (and she can’t get her toes out at school so has to learn!)
With Emmy only being 6, I am happy to help her myself at home and obviously accept the help she is being given in school – however should she still struggle later on then I would happily look into home tuition for her as I know from personal experience just how helpful it can be to children where numbers don’t automatically click into place. I had to retake my Maths GCSE as I only achieved an E the first time around, with extra tuition and guidance I retook this 2 years later and received a grade C which is what I needed to get into my college course.
In the meantime I am looking at some more Maths games to help make learning enjoyable for her and have this on the way from Learning Resources which look SO much fun.
The High Seas Adventure game is suitable for children ages 5 – 9 years and players have to flip the cards over and make 10 before they are able to move forwards, this can be done using 2 cards or 3 cards depending on how difficult you want to make it.
I know this is a game we will all enjoy playing as is also a great introduction to adding for Harry.
We have also been doing a lot of baking this weekend, Emmy has been measuring the ingredients for me and adding into the bowls, we have then been noting down how much of each ingredients are needed and adding those up – just because – any thing you can do to help make numbers fun will help your child to learn through play and everyday tasks.
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