As a mom, teacher and researcher, I have learned that kids who have fun with math in a natural way, become confident math learners at home and in school. Number talks are an easy way to develop problem solving skills using every-day items such as clocks, money, thermometers and more!
It's easy to start!
1. Click on a question!
2. Choose and watch a video!
3. Try a talk and be creative!
In my experience, kids who have had a lot of practice with real-life math concepts at home such as time, money, temperature and baking, have an easier understanding of math in school. For example, kids who know about money, understand decimal numbers in school.
When kids want something, they are are motivated to get it! When they are motivated, parents can slip simple math into daily activities without kids knowing that they are learning and without parents feeling like they are teaching! My favorite talks come during meals, driving and shopping!
Experiment and HAVE FUN! Be creative and focus on your child's interests. If your child is frustrated or doesn't want to talk about it, STOP TALKING and try later! Be patient! It takes many talks about the same topic and can take months and years for children to become independent with a math concept. This depends on their age and ability level. Math takes time, just like it takes time for kids to learn how to read. If you are consistent, your kids will learn math easily, have fun doing it and become confident in math!