How to Help Your Child Like Math

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Do you know how to help your child like math? I am the first person to admit that I really dislike math.  Unless it involves how much I can save on a pair of jeans if the store is having a 20% off sale, I am really not interested.  I take my iPhone with me everywhere I go. It has a calculator – enough said.  I don’t recall when I started to dislike math.  I remember not enjoying it as far back as grade school.  My parent’s philosophy on school work was that you sat at the kitchen table and did it over and over again until it was correct.  Since math never came easily to me, I’m sure I spent a fair amount of time re-doing it all. This post has been sponsored. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

How to help your child like math


How to Help Your Child Like Math

Learning how to help your child like math can make things more enjoyable in the future.  This can be even more of a challenge if your child has a learning disability.  Here are a few tips that I have found work for us.

Math in everyday life

Involve them in using math in everyday life.  I used coupons to get them interested. When we went shopping I would show them a box of cookies for $2 and ask how much a .50c coupon would make the box cost. Help them understand how math is used in everyday life.  Explain to them as they are older how the carpenter uses math when he builds a house or how you need math to measure fabric for a craft.

Be available

Be available to help your child with their math homework if they need it. Nothing is more frustrating than not understanding something and not having help. Read books to your child that involve math.  One of my favorites was One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.

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Encourage practice

Give them their own piggy bank and let them count the money that they save.  I like the banks that sort the money by type. Let them pretend to run their own store and use a cash register with play money.

Play games

Have them play fun math apps like Lola’s Math Train 2. This colorful app guides children through simple math problems and helps them understand what they are learning with interactive characters.

How to help your child like math

My thoughts

Lola’s Math Train 2 features nineteen exciting mathematics games with Lola Panda™. It is a fun way for your child to learn addition, subtraction, and simple puzzle solving. LOLA PANDA™ Progress Tracker keeps you updated on your child’s progress so you can see where they might need extra help. There are various levels to choose from: easy, medium, and hard. The game offers advancing difficulty as children’s skills improve.

How to help your child like math

How to help your child like math

About the game

So, the game begins with Lola driving a train with several of her friends on board.  At each stop, you are presented with a different math problem.  Lola’s Math Train is a fun combination of different types of math. You may solve addition problems twice and then move onto putting numbers in order.  You may subtract numbers or choose which problem’s answer is the largest or smallest.  If you get it correct, you move onto the next stop on the train. If you get it wrong, you try again. When you answer a certain number of questions correctly, you get to choose a fun outfit or accessory for the animals on your train.

How to help your child like math

And, the upbeat music and fun characters definitely make learning math fun for your child.  Having three different levels means that the app will grow with your child’s ability.  The different types of questions will help keep their interest. If you are trying to figure out how to help your child like math, start with Lola’s Math Train 2.  Lola’s Math Train is available for purchase now for only $1.99.



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  1. Nicole Brady says
    I love math! It's always been my favorite (and easiest) subject. I'm excited to see that my girls have the same knack for it but we encourage it by making sure we have fun ways for them to learn. Real life experiences with activities involving math, board games that involve math as well as electronic games. 
  2. hey, we have this app already!! my 4 year old plays it!! my kids get their love of math from my hubby 
  3. My son is in kindergarten and this app looks a little to advanced for him. That said, I love it. The characters are fun and friendly and will definitely make learning math a game.
  4. I am lucky my kids have always liked math. Now, history, that is a different story!
  5. Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) says
    I wish they had these wonderful apps when my kids were little. This looks and sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!
  6. Katy Rawson says
    Great tips and what a fun looking app. Awesome illustrations. I was never a fan of math, but I'm really thankful my daughter is and she loves it. Even so, I love to give her things to do to reenforce her skills and keep the love alive!
  7. Rachael Ebner says
    Oh how adorable! My grandkids will love this game! It's never too early to get them learning math and with the games it makes learning fun!
  8. Tammilee Tillison says
    Ahh Lola is so cute! What a great way to practice math. 
  9. These are such great ideas! Love the illustrations as well!
  10. I always loved math in school and it is my sons favorite core subject! This looks like it would be a lot of fun so I will try it for my four year old!
  11. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    Very cute, as a homeschool mom I love this resource. Makes it fun!
  12. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations says
    My daughter would love this and it would truly help her. She loves the graphics already. :) 
  13. Michelle F. says
    Really cute app. Will be keeping this in mind for when my daughter is a little older. 
  14. This looks like such a great app!  My son is a bit young for this, but as he gets older, I will definitely be looking into it.  I love the colors and the simplicity.
  15. Mistee Dawn says
    It does look like fun and my daughter could really use the help. Thanks for the info.
  16. Mel {MamaBuzz} says
    I may have to check out this app for Mr. Jaden. He is only just beginning. 
  17. I really like seeing these educational programs kids can do on the computer. You definitely need kids learning with tech that keeps them interested. 
  18. Chrishelle says
    Wow, what a great app. My girls struggled with math when they were little. This would have been a wonderful tool. Sharing this with my friends who have little ones.
  19. OH boy, I wish they had this when I was in school! This is great. Math is so important!!
  20. My son struggles with math.  This app is perfect for him!
  21. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
    How fun that they get to choose an outfit as a game reward!
  22. Stacie Connerty says
    I love to find fun ways for my kids to learn.  I am blessed to have three kids who all love math and are very gifted.
  23. Ellen Christian says
    You are so lucky!  I have never been good at math!
  24. Jeremy Norton says
    I do have a couple of Math apps.  Though my kid loves Math, he liked it even more to study after I had those apps.

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