Some subjects are simply not likable. Arithmetic is one, but teachers can make it interesting and can find innovative methods to teach numbers. Some teachers now design primary mathematics workbooks in a way to hook the child to numbers without dreading the subject.
There are certain, less expensive ways than revising math books, but are equally as effective. R.I.C. Publications lists some of them below:
• Use live performances such as making some children sit in large ball or rectangular box, and let them study the differences between spheres and cuboids.
• Dramatize simple additions by giving them three candies and then giving them one more. They can tell you the total and gradually learn addition.
• You can also use the child’s body parts and such as how many arms, feet and fingers they have. Teachers can teach the principles of subtraction with folding a number of fingers to subtract, and counting the remaining ones.
• Creative use of blocks and other objects can teach them sorting and creating patters and designs. For more practical purposes, teachers can give them small objects that they can pretend to sell or buy.
• Gradually introduce the concept of multiplication as continuous addition for slightly older children.
• Take them to the park and show them number of birds in a tree. Let them see what happens to their number when some flies away, or others come and perch on the tree.
• Try to bring in numbers everywhere. For instance, if it is the child’s birthday, ask them how many candies they need so that all the kids in the class get three candies each and the teacher gets five.
• You can also bring in research-based syllabi to teach them sequences, and use computers to teach them certain concepts.
Math is especially frightening because there is pressure to learn it right away, and if you remove this pressure, you will notice that children are much more creative than the adults give them credit for. Finally, do not assess them on a single test; instead assess by observation and the ideas they come up in the class.