Extra Credit! Math Made Fun

Posted on 15th Jun, 2017 by Barbara Davidson

Think back to those wonder years when you were in grade school. If you made a list of your favorite classes in school, where would math class be on your list?

For many kids today, just as in the past, math is often at the bottom of their lists. Some kids have heard that math is hard to do from other kids, but also from adults. That’s unfortunate, because math is so important for so many facets of our daily lives. But math is also crucial for our long-term career and financial success, as well as for national security and growth.

The truth is that math is all around us, and yes, doing math can be fun. One of the best ways to help kids succeed in math is to show them how math is part of our everyday lives and can, in fact, be fun at any age!


Dos and Don’ts of Integrating Real World Math in Your Household


Don’t let them tell you math isn’t important to their dream job

Does your child dream of becoming an laywer, firefighter or police officer? On the surface, these careers may not be very math heavy, and practicing math may seem pointless. However, there is some degree of math being used in practically every career.

Take the time to show them how math is involved in that person’s training and success. Yes, there are some careers that require more math skills than others, but most jobs involve math in some way. Even careers that don’t seem to require much math, such as music and the arts, actually benefit from a strong foundation in math. At the very least, you’ll need math to figure out the paycheck you receive for any job.

For instance, say your child plans to be a veterinarian. He or she loves animals and wants to care for them. A veterinarian needs to have math skills in order to figure out the proper dose of medicine for a sick pet. Also, a vet must be able to maintain good financial records in order to stay in business. More importantly, math is a crucial part of the studies veterinarians have to undergo so that they know how to diagnose and care for pets and animals with illnesses. In short, although it appears as though a vet wouldn’t need to know math, take the time to point out that it does a play a big part in the work. Computer software designers, construction workers, teachers (not just math teachers), doctors, and bus drivers are just a few other examples of careers where math skills are necessary for success.


Do look for teaching opportunities in daily tasks

Math can come in handy in many normal life activities, so use those activities as teaching opportunities. Below are just a few examples of how you can practice math during typical family activities:


If you’d like to practice even more math, ask your child’s teacher for additional resources or use any of these websites for free printables.

About Barbara Davidson

Babs is Lead Content Strategist and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge-watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos!