Family Math Night Wednesday, January 22, 2020
How Games Can Help Kids Get Better at Math
Math games are a fun way to practice math skills.
Different types of math games help with different skills.
Playing these games can help your child feel less anxious about math.
The best math games have just the right level of challenge. Kids have to choose and use strategies as they play. They have to problem-solve and make decisions. Kids have a chance to win, but it’s not guaranteed. That makes things fun and exciting.Games are also just a nice change from the math schoolwork your child does. But while math games are fun, they’re best for reviewing and practicing, not teaching new concepts. To teach new things, teachers use specific strategies. They often need to spend a lot of time explaining the concept. But they might use a game to help review it.
Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning.