Math often has a bad reputation. Math is complex–not only do you have to accurately follow procedures to solve math problems, you also need to make computations accurately–and this can make math challenging. Because math is a powerful tool for understanding the world, its bad reputation is unfortunate. Financial and economic decisions rely on math. Math is also essential to medicine, engineering, and our understanding of the natural world.
Mathematical thinking is more than just counting and computation. It also includes reading and interpreting graphs and statistics, solving logic puzzles, noticing patterns and making predictions about patterns, as well as spatial reasoning, and following procedures. All of these skills can be practiced in enjoyable ways, including through games, crafts, and everyday activities.
Engaging students in math that is fun, creative, and social is a powerful way to encourage young people to see themselves as mathematicians, and to help them become stronger mathematical thinkers.
Here are some ideas to engage your family in math over winter break:
Play math games
Participate in activities that promote mathematical thinking