Published at Thursday, 26 November 2020. Worksheets. By Manette Daniel.
Many teachers do not appear to know how to harness the power of play to effectively lead children to an understanding of math concepts. This is hardly surprising as teachers strive to meet externally imposed targets with little emphasis or guidance given on how to implement play based learning in the math class. The text book and worksheet rule the day. Until schools are allowed more freedom to adopt a more child-centered approach children will continue to struggle in math and many will ultimately disengage from learning altogether. Is this the fate your child could face? More to the point, are you prepared to take that risk?
Going hunting with your kids or grandchildren is, in itself, a terrific experience for both adult and youngster. Sharing a favorite pastime with your favorite people creates a camaraderie that lasts a lifetime. If you can, at the same time, create a relevant need for students to learn math, science and communication skills, that is a bonus. I learned a long time ago, when my son was in second grade, that learning to read for a grade or simply for the love of learning, was not a motivation for him. As he struggled with reading worksheets, I searched every avenue to discover the reason for his difficulties. I had his vision and hearing tested, listened to him read aloud at home, and read to him. Nothing seemed to improve his C in reading.
The game is then played exactly like a normal game of bingo, with the teacher playing the part of the bingo caller, but instead of the teacher calling out the numbers printed on the cards, the teacher instead calls out math problems (the teacher may also write the problem on the blackboard). The student bas task is to solve each problem, and then look for the number on their bingo card. As you can imagine, this can be a lot of fun, and before you know it students can forget they are learning math! What is more, teachers can also easily vary the game play, for example, by using different types of math problems, or perhaps even by asking members of the class to solve each problem before moving on to the next bingo call.
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