Writing numbers on a chalkboard, or copying down “1-1000,” hardly qualifies as “fun” for most kids. To enjoy the learning process, children should know what numbers are really used for. Mix in some curious, interesting facts, and your Math class will go from a snooze-fest into an awesome, communicative adventure! The material will practically teach itself – just follow these simple suggestions!
Learning place values
This method is simple – pick any number and add zeros to it, telling fun stories as you go. For example:
3 – Snails can sleep for 3 years at a time! It’s hardly surprising, considering they carry their bedrooms on their backs!
30 – 30 Seconds is the hen’s flight record! Yes, it took the hen a full 30 seconds to remember she can’t fly.
300 – The heart of a small hedgehog beats 300 times per minute! It can beat even faster than that, if you get him all worked up!
Learning about percentages
What do a man, a watermelon, and a jellyfish have in common? We can find out with percentages! Tell your child that the human body contains 78% water, a watermelon contains 90% water, and a jellyfish is made up of 95% water! Once your child understands how to measure things with percentages, the numbers will make a lot more sense!
Learning 2-digit and 3-digit numbers
14, 400 and… 0.
Two digits, three digits, one digit… but what does all that really mean? You can use this curious fact to make the comparison interesting: on average, adults laugh 14 times per day, while children laugh about 400 times! Animals, contrary to popular belief, do not know how to laugh at all – so they laugh 0 times per day. The notorious “Laughing Hyena” is not actually laughing, but roaring! We hope these ideas will help you and your child enjoy the learning experience, and laugh a bit more together!