Getting kids to enjoy Math can be a trick in itself. And as the kids get older and the Math gets harder, having parents keep up gets even trickier. It’s a good idea for parents to help their kids with Math in the early grades so they aren’t lost (the parents) when Algebra kicks in around 3rd grade. Think I’m kidding? It’s a whole new world today.
It’s also a good idea to find interesting ways to teach Math so the kids become interested early on and keep pace as things progress. Following is an interesting exercise that has a little fun with numbers called “Chocolate Math” and it shows how to find your age based on your love of chocolate. Use a calculator to make things easier.
Find Your Age Using Chocolate Math
1. First, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than 1 but less than 10).
2. Multiply this number by 2.
3. Add 5
4. Multiply it by 50.
5. If you have already had your birthday this year, add 1761. If you haven’t, add 1760.
6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.
You should now have a three digit number.
The first digit of this number is your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).
The next two numbers are your age.
This trick works for 2011. Hopefully I’ll remember to update the numbers so they work next year.
There are plenty of Math tricks that can be fun and amazing. Learning the tricks sheds a whole new light on Math and numbers in general. If you can get kids (and adults) interested in Math it isn’t such a chore.
Below are some examples of books that can help parents, teachers, and kids find easy ways to learn Math and have a little fun while doing it. There is a whole series of candy books that teach Math. Some parents think it would be better using fruit and vegetables to teach Math, and maybe so, but they aren’t as much fun for kids. It’s okay, we’re teaching important things here.
This first book is better for younger kids and the second is targeted to older kids to do things in their head.