My kindergartner learns best through movement and hands on activities. She will sit and do worksheets, but looses interest fast. One way I know that will keep her engaged for a long time is through active play.
If I can get her jumping, skipping, dancing or running she will happily work on whatever lesson we are doing.
This is also less stressful for me, because she is practicing her math skills and we are having fun.
Here’s how we play!
Have your child (or you) write the numbers 0 to 10 with chalk on the concrete.
You can use flashcards or come up with your own simple sums or subtractions. Say the problems to your child, and have them jump to the correct answer.
You can also alternate by having your child come up with the math problems and YOU jump to the correct answer. This works because your child will still need to verify that you jumped to the right answer. Don’t worry if your child takes a few minutes figuring out the answers or if they use their fingers. Just have fun and enjoy the process. 😉
As your child’s math skills grow, write more numbers as possible solutions. For instance, instead of 0 to 10 use 10 to 20 or 0 to 20 and so on. Simply observe your child and use as many numbers he is comfortable with at a time.
Here’s a quick tip! You don’t have to limit this type of game to only addition and subtraction problems. You can also do multiplications, and divisions. If you have younger children, simplify it by having them jump to a number or a shape.
Hope that helps. Now go outside and have fun! 😉