More on the MAKE IT FUN theme. Here are couple of vids where we play math and the math portion is done many times because it's fun to shoot the walls down. They will do it over and over again because knocking down the walls with a Nerf gun is FUN.
These kids are having fun and the little boy you see there is only 5...note that the NO is removed from the lesson and he is encouraged to try and see if the pieces fit to make ten...ask questions: Is that tall enough...is that too short etc...build tens and nines and eights.
Out of an hour this was only a small portion of the math we did...this boy Tamu has Autism and is a little shy, but as you can see he is quite able to join in the fun. The idea is to keep the games quick and not to spend too much time on drill. They will get math facts as a matter of course.
Here what you see is us building a house for a lego craft. I also couldn't bring out the camera much because as soon as I did the dynamic changed, and as I have said before the first obligation is to the parents who are paying me money to teach their child. We also had fun building walls and shooting them but I didn't get these guys on camera.
As it turned out this was just the beginning of a large house...which I also didn't get on camera. Tamu got a lot of math facts presented to him and had fun while it happened. Many more exposures will be required before he "knows them" but this is a good start and the repetition is fun not drudgery.
We also did multiplication as well as addends for other numbers but most importantly we kept it fun and engaging. People always ask me how do you make math fun? Just play math.
Seriously. Get out your blocks and fool around, especially when the children are young. You just play and point out math concepts to them as you go. Simple things like a three and a four is the same as a seven...three 3's is square and the square root is 3...that means count one side...etc. Later when they see symbols the explanations make sense...
For more fun and games check Crewton Ramone's House of Math. This page has become popular: Math with Playing Cards. I keep meaning to add more games because there are a lot more games you can play using playing card this pages only gives you a partial list. Use your imagination and MAKE UP some games of your own.
The blocks are only limited by your imagination. Get creative. Have fun. Play math.