Fun with Math
“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” Roger Lewin
Like reading, mathematics is a subject that is indeed necessary for functioning adequately in the society. More than that, mathematics is a subject that should be more enjoyable than it sometimes is. We must develop an attitude or mindset in children, which empowers them and enables them to become imaginative. With this viewpoint, the workshop on ‘Fun with Math’ was conducted for the parents of Class II - V in Multi Purpose Hall of Delhi Public School, Ludhiana.
The workshop began with the welcome address by Ms. Ravneet Kaur. She said that the purpose of the workshop was to help parents strengthen their child’s bond with mathematical reasoning. While parents can usually find time to read a story to their children, thereby instilling a love for literature, they are often at a loss as to how to instill a love and appreciation for mathematics. The aim of the workshop was to change the attitude of the parents toward mathematics as it in turn has an impact on children's attitudes. This workshop acted as an eye-opener for the parents.
The session was facilitated by Ms. Rajneesh Dhillon and Ms. Ekta Singla. They acknowledged the fact that parents have forever had the wonderful opportunity and responsibility for nurturing children. This nurturing process takes place in several areas of development: physical, emotional, and intellectual. They made the parents aware that when we encourage divergent thinking, we motivate children and their passion for in-depth learning.
The workshop focused to provide parents with ideas and activities that they can use to support children’s math development. It aimed at effortless recalling of mental math facts like number combinations, to reason mathematically – it was explained to them that children need to be able to explain the mathematical concepts with number sense; they must explain how they got the answer and why they are correct. Parents were asked to encourage the children in applying their mathematical skills to real-life contexts. They were explained that in order to provide a greater security and a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts, applicability is the key to success.
Further, various activities were planned for the parents which they could try with their children to imbibe in them better mathematical skills. The prime focus of these activities was to hone the mathematical skills of the children. The topics covered were Skip Counting, Multiplication, Estimation and Fractions. Amongst the number of games played few of them were – clapping game, taming the tables, juggling number, etc.
With many questions, doubts and dilemmas being clarified at the workshop, it turned out to be a highly interactive session. The Parental Workshop saw a huge number of enthusiastic parents eager to know about the school and its overall functioning. During the interactive session, parents came up with pertinent queries and were guided well towards a solution.