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Educating Lucy: Maths

Posted by Graeme in parenting at 9:05 am on Saturday, 14 November 2009

As I have said before, I do not like the way in which schools teach maths, so what do I do instead? Do stuff that is fun, that encourages the underlying skills rather than focusing on arithmetic.

The usual attempts to make maths relevant to children are pathetic pretences. Children do not need to use much arithmetic: but it is easy to make them enjoy things. Unlike with reading I have not found a simple answer: I try a lot of things to see what works. Some of the things we have done:

None of this was particularly difficult to teach and there is nothing to demanding for a child this age: I want it to be fun, not a chore, and it has been (for both of us).

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