This section contains information, facts, and worksheets on arithmetic.
One of the most important subjects in a child’s development, along with literacy, is arithmetic. This powerful language, which is the study of numbers, has been around for millennia and is responsible for some of the biggest engineering, architectural and scientific leaps in human history.
Through learning the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, children benefit hugely in many other areas of their life and development. So even if you’re not strong with arithmetic or your child or student dislikes it, below are some important reasons how arithmetic is advantageous.
Arithmetic develops problem-solving skills. If you approach a math problem as a mystery, any negative associations or lack of confidence gives way to curiosity and excitement to find the solution. You can see how this can spill over into many problems the world is facing today.
Basic arithmetic is essential in teaching children important life skills, such as financial literacy, business savvy and logic. Imagine trying to play monopoly or run a profitable lemonade stand without basic arithmetic? How will they know if they’re being paid a fair wage for their work efforts? As for logic, it’s impossible to complete a Sudoku puzzle without applying it. Would you even guess that origami is a form of arithmetic? It’s 3D geometry when you think about it and this thousand-year-old art form is even being used in space technology today.
The human brain loves puzzles, we’re just wired that way, and children love to play and have fun, they’re just wired that way. So very often, anything less than a love for arithmetic comes down to foundations that have been improperly laid, a lack of confidence in arithmetic abilities, or teaching methods being plain old boring and unengaging. Arithmetic is fun to learn, practice and develop provided you have the right approach and activities.
Let us at KidsKonnect help foster a love of all things arithmetic with our stellar activities that are comprehensive, accessible and fun to work through. If there’s an area that you’re interested in that we haven’t covered, contact us!