Adults need to be motivated to give to the best of their ability,
children are no different. This is the way we were created, to motivate
and be motivated. It's like the engine driving the car. Kids are the
same. Their engines need fuel, oil and water too. Motivation is the
fuel to appreciation.
By making math interesting you can motivate your kids to enjoy math.
Use the ability of games. Chess will teach them to plan strategies,
to quickly calculate or divert. Making there minds sharp at reaction
and quick response. All essentials to doing math. Even something like
playing ball are teaching your child math skills and exercising their
Real world exposure
What about trips to museums, history halls or even a field trip.
A field trip can become a stepping stone to overcoming a confidence
problem and motivate a kid to enjoy life. Self confidence goes a long
way in the world of math. A playful and relaxed environment makes
learning so much easier.
Long term memory
The use of arts can be irreplaceable. Drawing can motivate your kid
to using math in a fun and innovate way. It will also develop long
term memory. By repetition problems and solutions are embedded into
their minds, and extracted when necessary, thus building a good long
Helping your child setting a goal to work towards will motivate them
and help them to achieve their goal. Without vision a nation perishes.
Even in something mundane like math, you need to set a goal and have
a vision. Start with small steps. After achieving it move to a higher
level. It will teach your kid to work towards something and they will
feel inner satisfaction in doing and achieving their goals.
Surf the Internet
Allow your kid to surf the internet. There are so many websites and
blogs available with math help and projects aimed specifically at
developing and growing in math. Many of them have fun games and activities
for kids to participate in.
What about a wall where they can stick their achievements. A special
place above the fireplace or mantle. Somewhere where they can see
what they have done, and that you are proud of them. Children want
to be appreciated and accepted for who they are. This will motivate
them for doing it again and again.
Use history to entice them by taking a map or atlas and teaching
them how to read maps, find location information or even have a look
at distances or weather patterns to different continents. This way
they are exposed to the world but also learning mathematical skills.
Math can be fun. Let your child take up music lessons. For instance,
guitar, piano, keyboard or even drums. They will not just acquire
another skill but learn math in a way that they don't even realize.
Every form of music needs some math skills.
Make use of a story program. Through the use of stories kids are
learning the fundamentals of math. They are enjoying the story and
math becomes something sought after. Every child enjoys a good story!
Create a space for them
Give the child a place that belongs to them, where they can go and
do homework in an organized way. Most kids just lie on the bed or
floor and listen to music while studying. A little corner with a desk
and space to put up essentials against the wall will motivate them