In my kindergarten class, I do as much as I can with manipulatives. Two weeks ago at the conferences, many of the parents asked me why I don't send the worksheets home. I said, "what worksheets?" Many of them have asked me to give them worksheets so their child can practise at home and again, I say, "what worksheets?" I've explained (and explained and explained) that their children can practise math at home with games like Snakes and Ladders (in my opinion, one of the best games ever invented for young children) or have their child sort and count the knives and forks or estimate and count some beans or play games with beans or add the plates and glasses. "But that's not real math," they say.Originally Posted by Bitsy Griffin
Maybe that's why math is considered hard. It hasn't been related to real life from a young age. Maybe it was all those drill and kill worksheets that we had to slog through in school.