When my son was in Kindergarten, one day he was working on a math worksheet with dozens of simple addition problems, and he raised his head and said to me, “Dad, math is boring.”
“Wait a minute,” I said. “Math is NOT boring. It’s a lot of FUN!”
I remember when I was about 10, I started to read some math and science books. It was the stories that fascinated me. Those stories demonstrated the beauty of math and science. That got me interested in reading more about the subjects. And interest is the best teacher you can have. I went on and aced in math and science, all the way through college.
Working a math worksheet with 50 addition problems is not the best way for our kids to start math education. On the other hand, simply delaying teaching math to the kids in hope to avoid the boring subject is even worse. I want to try a different approach. I want to get my son introduced to the amazing subject of math. When he thinks of math, he would be talking about it just like he is talking about dinosaurs. He then WANTS to learn more.
I tried to find interesting math materials that are suitable for kids as young as 5 year old. The problem was – there wasn’t much out there. So I decided to create my own materials.
This is why I am starting this Mag – Math Is Fun.