Here are some ideas on how to make math fun, amusing, and entertaining for your kids (and for you!). 
Dear Visitor,
In this and other pages we'll try to give suggestions on teaching math, for both teachers and parents. This first page has some general ideas, and other pages will illustrate the general point with some very specific ideas. Children are like the rest of us: they tend to resist anything that looks like work, and to be beguiled by anything that amuses them. For many kids, math looks like work. So how can you  a teacher or parent  make math fun, amusing, and entertaining? Here are some suggestions to make math beguiling both for you and for your students. FIRST: spend a short time each class period (perhaps 5 minutes) on something mathematical which is puzzling or fascinating. For example, ask a perplexing question at the end of one class, and answer it at the beginning of the next. Here are some examples in each of seven categories:
THIRD: Teach how to solve problems. One notable method devised by George Polya uses these steps:
FOURTH: Think of teaching as an art. There's no one way of doing it right. Every good teacher has his or her own way of holding the class's attention, and it's worthwhile developing your own style just as an actor, dancer, painter, or writer does. There's a lot here, on our Web site, to help you make math entertaining. There's our hilarious free math newsletter, and links to other math sites, and lists of books with teaching ideas, and much more. Of course, it's essential is that you yourself enjoy math and know the material you're teaching. If you find the subject boring, the kids will find it boring. If you don't really understand it, you won't be able to make it clear to them. To see how these ideas can be applied, click the "Next Idea" button
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