How to get your child more interested in math

Not everyone thinks of themselves as a “math person.” If your child hasn’t exactly taken to math, don’t fret! It may mean they haven’t found a method for math learning that works for them yet.

Everyone learns in different ways, which is why IXL has all sorts of resources to make math more approachable for a variety of learners. Encourage your child to try out these different methods that IXL offers for learning math. Chances are, one of them will click!

Math video tutorials

New skills feel more attainable when you have a resource that you know you can count on. With IXL, your child has thousands of on-demand video tutorials at their fingertips to guide them through new math topics, from 3rd grade all the way through Geometry.

In each tutorial, an expert tutor from Wyzant provides a walkthrough of the exact concepts covered in the skill, and works step-by-step through a few example problems. To make sure they appeal to different types of learners, the tutor teaches the concepts using several different approaches. This, combined with the variety of different tutors who appear in videos, helps keep students of all stripes interested.

If your child is struggling with a math concept, encourage them to watch the IXL video tutorials about it!

IXL Games

It’s easy to get learners more interested in math by making it feel like play. Use IXL’s educational games for elementary school to make learning math fun! In each game, your child will enter a vibrant world full of interesting new challenges that help them strengthen their understanding of basic math concepts.

IXL Games turn math questions into fun puzzles that kids progress through, earning new levels and high scores as they go. All games are kidSAFE COPPA certified, and are trusted by teachers and parents alike. Have your child try out IXL Games, and you’ll be surprised how quickly they take to math! You can even use them as a reward for completing their other homework. Learn more about them here.

Skills with manipulatives

Some math concepts can be tricky to understand, and learners need to see the information presented in a concrete way for it to click. This is the perfect job for manipulatives, which are objects designed to illustrate math concepts by appealing to different senses, such as touch and sight. Tangrams, cubes that snap together, and abacuses are all examples of manipulatives.

Many IXL skills feature digital manipulatives to make abstract math concepts more tangible and interesting to students. For instance, to help students learn the basics of fractions, IXL has skills that ask them to divide colorful shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths. Other topics that include skills with manipulatives are arithmetic, measurement, geometry, and more.

Image of IXL skill about subtraction with manipulatives. Students drag cubes to visualize subtraction problems.

When your child is learning a new math concept, see if there are some IXL skills with manipulatives they can practice first. Or, there are likely some items around the house that you can use as physical manipulatives, such as LEGOs, dice, coins, rulers, and more.

Even more to explore

IXL’s complete math curriculum includes more than 4,500 math skills from pre-K through calculus, allowing your child to practice any math concept in an engaging and hands-on way. 

If you’d like to see which skills are the best fit for your child, use the IXL Diagnostic to pinpoint their current learning levels and create a personalized action plan of the exact skills they’re ready to learn next. By diving into skills at their level, your child will gain the confidence they need to continue building their math knowledge.

There are so many different ways to learn math. Try out these strategies with your child, and see which approaches work best for them!

Looking for more ways to support your child’s learning? Visit IXL’s Family Learning Hub for inspiration and resources to help your learner be the best mathematician they can be!