Math is everybody’s least favorite subject in school. The process of understanding math problems is really frustrating but Alycia Zimmerman, a 3-rd grade teacher from New York, found the perfect way of explaining math to her students. Yes, it is real, she uses LEGO!
The visual way of explaining made it easier for the children to understand all of the confusing math concepts like fractions, multiplication, adding, etc. This is also effective for building spatial and proportional awareness in children.
Make your learning experience fun!
Alycia was not the only teacher who found a way to teach her students but also keep them entertained. A math teacher at the Utopian Academy in Atlanta called Marcus Blackwell teaches children through music.
This is an excellent approach because the students got interested easily and were eager to learn their favorite songs with the help of math.
4 Ways to learn math with LEGO
The basics are important if you want to learn more complicated stuff. Your child needs to learn composing and decomposing numbers to understand math. If you start with small ‘landmark numbers’ like five (one hand) or 6 (a standard die), you will easily build up to 10.
The good thing is that the LEGO bricks have marked studs that are often grouped in twos. The children will eventually stop counting them since they will start to recognize the arrangements due to the practice.
You can start this process by adding, taking two bricks and putting them together, or by subtracting, covering a brick with a smaller one and counting what is left.
The awesome thing about LEGO bricks is that they come in bunch of different colors. This can help the students to visually differentiate the LEGO bricks.
With using this method you can easily teach multiplication, square roots and division. You can teach your children how arrays work by only adding and combining the bricks. The color will help them to remember it visually.
Mean, median, mode and range
Averages can sometimes be very difficult but now there is an easy explanation for your kids to teach how to add all the data and then divide it by the total number of data points. Try to create LEGO towers. You can make your kids understand how it works by stacking them all together and then breaking them into smaller even towers.
Fractions were definitely the worst thing you can study in grade school. When you try to explain it to kids, things will probably get a little confusing.
It is easier for children to visualize the problem using LEGOS rather than to see it through numbers that are written on a page. With LEGOS you have endless possibilities since the bricks vary in size and shape.
Lego Teaching Tips
When you first give LEGO to children their instinct will be to start building and playing with it. If you want positive results, you should let the child play and use its imagination. This play time will allow them to learn how to focus on the important things later. This also shows them not to associate LEGO with work.
Put the bricks into your custom made kits and only give to your child what it needs for the assignment. They will not get distracted or confused by all of the different pieces. Label the bags in order to keep your child on the right track.
Learning should be fun and educational. LEGO bricks are the perfect thing for helping your child learn and also use them later as toys. You can embrace this to your advantage. Remember the childhood imagination has no limits!