How to Develop interest in maths?
Created by Updated on Sep 05, 2016
my son escape from practising maths . what should I do to create interest in it.
| Sep 06, 2016
Hi Babita, by now your son must have started learning algebra, ratios, proportions, mensuration, more complex geometry etc. Most kids start to dread the subject around this time because some of the fundamentals are not strong enough. There can be many abstract concepts which can make it a little difficult to understand the concepts. I would suggest to change the way he is being taught. Go to a level lower than his Grade and check if he has got the basics right. Can he tell the difference between rates and ratios, can he explain the relationship among fractions, decimals, percentage, ratios, can he convert them from one form to another, can he explain the algebra problem using his own words. Check these. If he isn't confident you can even go one more level lower to check if he can represent two ratios in rectangular bar diagram, can he represent the unknowns in algebraic problem in the form of rectangular bar diagram before attemping to solve the problem, can he represent a decimal, fraction or percentage in diagram, can he divide any shapes into fractional parts. Check all of these. Make him Use diagrammatic representation and explanation to kniw his understanding. Any visual representation will make it easier to understand the problem and find numerous ways to solve it. I would advice to go for word problems as they are in story formats and not just some abstract numbers and variables. He will be able to make connection with real life situations and won't feel bored seeing abstract things.. One last suggestion is to avoid the very old "drill and kill" method - avoid giving a long list of arithmetic problems to solve in a day. 2 word problems a day would be just fine to keep up with the subject. Quiet a lot of interesting workbooks are available in the market. Make use of them. Good luck.