Say the word ‘Math’ and most kids will run a mile. Say ‘Worksheets’ and they will recoil in fright. Such is the terror induced by both Math and Worksheets. Math, for most kids, seems worse than any cough medicine – too difficult to swallow! And Worksheets are longer than Mom’s grocery list!
So what to do now? shall we get rid of Math and worksheets then? Impossible! Math is an integral part of our daily routine. Right from waking up on time to cooking food, everything involves Math and numbers! Similarly, Worksheets are a must to make children practise Math and study the fundamentals.
How to use Math Worksheets and make Math and Worksheets interesting? Let us take a look.
1. Make Math Worksheets Colourful using Graphics
Kids get attracted by bright colours, cartoon figures and graphic icons. Make boring worksheets interesting to look by using pictures, images and bright hues.
If a Worksheet looks rich and multi-coloured, any kid would want to pick it up. Use pictures of their favourite comic characters or superheroes to capture their interest.
2. Use puzzles and games to solve Math problems
Kids love puzzles and games. Use crosswords, puzzles, mazes and games to get children to solve tough problems.
When kids see a game, they automatically want to try it. Surprisingly, they get engrossed and forget the difficulty in solving the problem. As they play on, they realize they have ended up solving the problem.
This technique of using games for Math is highly recommended by experts. This is because it carries a lot of retention and recall for the kid. When the kid solves the problem through the game, he is never bound to forget it.
Use quizzes in your Math Worksheets
Math Worksheets may sometimes have objective or multiple-choice questions. Children often blindly tick an answer in the choices if they don’t know. To get the best result, one has to make sure all questions are read, understood and attempted by the child. What better way than to have a Quiz?
Conduct a Math Quiz session in class using the Math Worksheet and make it fun! Divide the class into 2-3 teams. Keep the quiz and make sure each one answers a question. This way everyone is involved and each one attempts the Math Worksheet.
4. Try to make Worksheet solving a Team activity
Kids love to perform in groups with their friends. Organize the class into teams and hand them worksheets. Ask them to solve it team-wise. Finally question each student individually. Using this method, you can nurture both Math and the team spirit. Solving Math Worksheets as a team becomes a fun activity now and children look forward to such group sessions eagerly.
5. Organize a lec-dem using Math Worksheets
Teaching is the best way to learn! Once in a while, ask every child to be a teacher. Give each child a problem form the worksheet and ask him to teach the class. This is a sort of lec-dem (a lecture-demonstration) as the child has to both lecture and solve the problem in class. Allot equal time for each child and make sure no one misses out. Children love to play ‘teacher’. So encourage the timid ones and get them to participate in this activity. This is a good one for personality development too!
Innovation is the Key
Use innovative techniques to make Math Worksheets interesting. You could have a ‘Formula 1’ Math race where kids have to answer the worksheet fast. Each one gets to answer only one question. Once he is done, he has to opt out of the race. In this way, every kid covers the question in the worksheet and the activity is interesting too. You could have a ‘Passing the Parcel’ game. Create a worksheet with 31 questions for 30 students. Each one answers one question and passes on to the next. The next kid checks this question and answers another. This way, everyone answers and checks all questions.
7. Encourage self-development
Ask kids to form teams. Let one team make a set of questions for the other. No 2 sets should match. Finally, discuss all questions. This kind of activity motivates children and develops a healthy spirit of competition and self-development. The best part is your worksheets are done
As the saying goes-‘It’s all in the mind’. Yes, Math Worksheets can be made fun, interesting and interactive.
Download practice papers from LetsPractise and learn how to use Math Worksheets effectively by employing the above techniques.