When I first started homeschooling, the biggest fear I had was how I was going to teach math. Math is not my strong suit, nor my husband’s. It is something I still dread teaching and I have been homeschooling for 18 years.
My children seem to have inherited the math struggle. Even simple addition and subtraction facts can stress them out and cause great worry.
I have found ways to help alleviate the stress with math, and make it a little more enjoyable. Now that is not to say that your child will love math and enjoy it, but you may luck out and have at least one that does.
I teach my children that math is just one of those things that we have to be consistent with, and work hard at. That doesn’t mean that we have to enjoy it. We just need to try, do our best and get it done!
I do like to incorporate hands-on activities, and use math manipulatives to help in the younger years. Another thing that works well is by stepping away from the textbook for a time and trying out some different things. This has been a huge help for my kids and takes a lot of the stress away when we can take a break.
I like to replace our regular curriculum with lots of fun math printables and worksheets. Sometimes if something is presented differently, or even taught in a different way, then math will click.
This is a great way to tailor math to what interests your child that week or month. There are so many themed printables that you can create an entire month of themed resources for them.
If you need a break from a boring math lesson you may want to try these free resources for addition and subtraction to mix it up at home.
FREE Addition Resources:
FREE Subtraction Resources:
More Addition and Subtraction Games:
Math games are a great way to get a reluctant learner interested in math. You can play these one on one with your child, or they can play alone or with their siblings. These games include lots of addition and subtraction problems for extra practice.
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