Gamification Is Making Learning Maths Fun For Kids. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a guest post from Jon Goga. Jon Goga is a maths tutor and founder of BrainySpinach Math. Jon will be looking at the five ways gamification makes learning maths fun for kids and how this can help you help your child. Not all children love maths (shocking, I know!), but almost every child loves gaming. Gamification offers an alternate way of learning and can foster a love of maths.
Gamification Is Making Learning Maths Fun For Kids
Lots of kids around the world say that they hate Maths. But what they dislike likely is how the subject is taught. Gamification offers an alternative method. Gaming knows how to get their attention. It challenges them to try to figure things out. Kids love it and are willing to spend hours on it.
Gamification is the middle ground between gaming and learning. This technique has enabled so many kids worldwide to develop better Maths skills. It helps to make learning Maths fun and interactive. It allows students to see real-world situations and enhances the learning experience.
Here are five ways gamification makes learning Maths fun:
Students Love Gaming Already
It’s an inescapable fact that games are FUN. Kids love to play games! And educational games are a great way to get your “I hate Maths” kid to love it.
Getting students to learn and practice Maths is usually tricky – including games is sure to entertain them. When we teach, we often ask the kids to come into our world to learn and get confused or bored. Going into theirs makes learning more exciting.
Learning on platforms they already adore playing on is fantastic, as it takes away the dull look of the subject. When kids play games, they feel comfortable and in control, which is a better environment in which to learn.
So, combining gaming and learning helps reduce their fear and dislike of the subject. Simple!
Makes Learning A Habit
If you’re struggling to get your child to learn regularly, gamification can help. They’ll quickly form a habit of playing games because they find it enjoyable, and when it’s channelled into something productive, this is so worthwhile.
When Maths becomes a challenge they want to beat, most students push themselves to play/practice it.
Not only does this help to improve Maths skills, but it also improves their fine motor skills. In a study involving a group of surgeons, researchers found that those who played video games were faster at performing the advanced procedure and made 37% fewer mistakes than those who didn’t.
It Takes The Anxiety Out Of Maths
Many kids suffer from Maths anxiety – they find the subject challenging and stressful. This usually causes feelings of apprehension when faced with a Maths problem. Deep down, they feel they aren’t good at it, which is likely false.
Gamification helps to ease the stress and make them comfortable practising. It shifts their focus from a Maths problem to a problem they can have fun solving. So they can play and learn for a long time without feeling anxious.
An example of a game like this is BrainySpinach Math. It teaches kids aged 7-11 Maths through fun and innovative Roblox games so that they no longer fear Maths and are prepared for STEM vocations.
Not only that, their Maths Teacher “BrainySpinach” hosts free and entertaining Livestreams regularly on their YouTube Channel, playing through his and other educational games on Roblox with the “BrainySpinach Squad”. They welcome anyone else that wants to join in! Suffice it to say, his students love him for it, and many parents report that their child’s Maths Anxiety has vanished after just a few hours with BrainySpinach.
Virtual Rewards Motivate Them
What makes gamification work is that it encourages small wins, motivating students. Games give simple prizes, usually when a goal is achieved. It could be a virtual badge, unlockable/upgradable items, or even an in-game currency.
Kids learn better when they have targets and achievements to aim for.
Most of the time, a big reward isn’t needed. Sometimes they just like recognition from you for their efforts, and even playing alongside them can be rewarding as they show off what they’ve unlocked.
Rote memorisation and repetitive exercises have had a bad rap to date. Still, recent discoveries in the neurological sciences show that a certain amount of repetitive activity promotes neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to learn and keep new information.
Regular practice and application are critical; neural connections are strengthened when you practise applying concepts. The more your kid practises a physical action or mathematical concept, the easier it becomes.
Gaming is a workout for your kid disguised as fun. Studies have shown that playing video games regularly improves neuroplasticity.
Gamification offers an alternate way of learning instead of boring traditional methods. If you want a highly fulfilling career for your child and them to enjoy their journey towards it, this is the way to go.
I hope you enjoyed that.
ABOUT BRAINYSPINACH MATH
Jon Goga is a math tutor and founder of BrainySpinach Math, on a mission to help inspire children everywhere to catch up with their learning today, so they succeed tomorrow. BrainySpinach Math creates fun and exciting online games on the Roblox platform for children to play that teach them essential math skills, all while inspiring them to learn by playing games they love – and allowing parents to ensure their child’s screen time is always productive. BrainySpinach Math is also the creator of the Roblox Math Camp – a course with children learning math while playing tutor-created Roblox Math games. https://brainyspinach.com/