Have you had a similar experience? We had just completed the math lesson and based on our discussion I knew my daughter understood the concept. So I gave her the corresponding worksheet. And she shut down. She struggled to answer the problems. I took the worksheet from her and asked her to bounce on the mini trampoline while I read the problems to her. She was then able to answer every single problem quickly.
She needed to move while practicing the math facts she had just learned.
Let’s talk about why you should use movement to practice math facts and how you can incorporate it into your homeschool day. You can read the post or watch the video at the end of this post.
Why should you use movement to practice math facts?
As our story above demonstrates, many children are able to understand mathematical concepts they are not yet ready to express on paper. Writing answers to math problems is more advanced than understanding the concept itself. Removing the worksheet and written math facts allows your child to focus on the concept without the added stress of writing the answer as well.
Benefits kinesthetic learners
Many children, and especially kinesthetic learners, benefit from practicing math facts through movement. Moving frees their brain to focus. It also helps them remember the facts better.
Allowing children to move while they memorize math facts helps them remember better.
Even if your child is able to complete a worksheet of math problems, adding variety increases his interest and willingness to complete the lesson.
How should you use movement to practice math facts?
You can create your own math problems based on the concept your child is currently practicing or you could use the problems from his current worksheet.
There are many options for incorporating movement into math facts practice. You can use sidewalk chalk, a mini trampoline, or balls. Your child could skip, hop, run, jump rope, or throw or bounce a ball. The possibilities are only limited by your creativity.
I know for me, in the middle of a math lesson is not when my creativity soars. This is why I created a free PDF with 10 game and activity suggestions that incorporate movement. You can download this PDF at the end of the post.
Regardless of how you incorporate movement, remember to keep the sessions short (10-20 minutes for grades 1-3 and 20-30 minutes for grades 4-6).
Would you like suggestions of games and activities involving movement to practice math facts? Download the FREE PDF. It has ten game and activities suggestions you can incorporate into your math lessons today.
Lost control of your homeschool day?
Join 1,078+ homeschool moms simplifying their homeschool planning, making learning fun, and discipling their children.
PLUS, receive your step-by-step guide outlining a simple and effective strategy for dealing with those difficult homeschool days.