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How to Get Your Kids to Love Math

Unfortunately, many children start to dislike mathematics when introduced to it in a school setting. Boaler believes this is because children are made to feel inadequate in classrooms.

"If children hate math, the most important task is to show them a different math – the real math that is out there in the world and is exciting and varied," Boaler advises. "My book shows this by describing the math of the world that is nothing like the drill and practice of school."

Boaler points out that it is important for parents to speak to their child's school about different approaches if they feel the current program is not effective. If the school is unwilling to try new ideas, parents can try alternatives to broaden their child's love and understanding of math:

  • Give children interesting patterns and problems to do at home.
  • Play games that get children to think logically and spatially.
  • Inquire and guide children in their thinking. Even if the answer is wrong, help them see how their thinking is correct in some ways, and help them learn ways to improve their thought processes.

"There are some really good TV shows that give a much more exciting side of math, such as N3MBERS — and games such as Sudoku, checkers, and chess," she adds.



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