Are you struggling to keep your kids motivated to finish out the school year? This time of year both moms and kids are ready for a break to the routine. Here are some ideas that might help revitalize your math lessons and hopefully, get you through the next few weeks.
Take a field trip in your own home. If you currently do your math lessons sitting at a desk or table, move your math lessons to the floor – or better yet, in the floor of another room! We have done math lessons sitting under kitchen tables, out on our deck, and sitting on the trampoline. The trampoline was a blast!
Take your math lesson to a new location. Sometimes just changing up where you do your math lesson really helps.
Take a break from lessons. Instead of pushing through lessons, how about taking a week or two and just play some math card games, refreshing what your child has already learned.
Playing games helps bring enjoyment back into the math lessons. In fact, sometimes the frustration from the child in doing math lessons is that their math facts are not as strong as they should be. By solidifying the math facts through card games, the lessons may actually be easier for your child!
Add incentives to completing a lesson – or even for a few equations. We have a hat where we put fun little activity suggestions. When my son completed his lesson, or even sometimes just an equation, I would let him pick an activity out of the hat.
The activities would include things like: run around the room five times, do ten jumping jacks, run up and down the stairs, make a funny face, or give mom a hug. This was a fun addition to our lessons AND really inspired my son to complete his lessons much quicker!
What do you do? Do you do anything to help inspire your kids to keep pressing on? If so, we want to hear from you! You can post on this blog, put them on our Facebook page, or email us at [email protected].