Educating kids
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Spearthrower wrote:To the mathematically proficient out there: how do I, as an acknowledged mathematical philistine, hope to inspire in my kid an appreciation of the beauty and utility of mathematics?
Most subjects I've got covered, and we're having a great time touring the precincts of human knowledge. But maths? I keep avoiding it because I'm just plain afraid of making it seem boring and complicated. Thai government school education is all about rote learning & repetition, but I believe that inspiring fascination and wonder results in a much deeper and more fulfilling relationship with learning and knowledge.
I can conceive in the abstract of equations being sublime, of mathematics being the key and the door to physical knowledge, and offering a language with which to directly interrogate the universe but sadly I can't actually do those things in the concrete - poetry in a language I don't understand, and can barely even hear. At best, I can think of the things I find mind-blowing, like fractals for example... but pointing at fractals and saying 'Math! See?' isn't really very inspiring.
So does anyone have any ideas, or sources suitable for a 7 year old that might fit the bill here?
Cito di Pense wrote:Trying to educate your kid without educating yourself first is likely to fail.
Cito di Pense wrote:Watch some Feynman, "The pleasure of finding things out".
Mike_L wrote:Kids love games, so...
Math games!
Just one link, taken at random from the results of a Google search (there are many more)...
https://www.mathplayground.com/
Spearthrower wrote:Cito di Pense wrote:Trying to educate your kid without educating yourself first is likely to fail.
All too sadly aware of that, which is at least part of why I'm going more for the inspire part. If he's interested, he'll learn. Sadly, back in the day, my math teachers were not inspirational, so I learned what they taught rote, and never realized what I was missing until later in life.Cito di Pense wrote:Watch some Feynman, "The pleasure of finding things out".
I'm not sure if he's capable yet of understanding that just yet - English is his 2nd language.
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Spearthrower wrote:Mike_L wrote:Kids love games, so...
Math games!
Just one link, taken at random from the results of a Google search (there are many more)...
https://www.mathplayground.com/
Thanks, but not what I am asking for. That kind of thing he can get at school.
Spearthrower wrote:Thai government school education is all about rote learning & repetition...
Mike_L wrote:Spearthrower wrote:Mike_L wrote:Kids love games, so...
Math games!
Just one link, taken at random from the results of a Google search (there are many more)...
https://www.mathplayground.com/
Thanks, but not what I am asking for. That kind of thing he can get at school.
Spearthrower wrote:Thai government school education is all about rote learning & repetition...
Spearthrower wrote:I... hope to inspire in my kid an appreciation of the beauty and utility of mathematics
Mike_L wrote:Math games!
Cito di Pense wrote:Spearthrower wrote:To the mathematically proficient out there: how do I, as an acknowledged mathematical philistine, hope to inspire in my kid an appreciation of the beauty and utility of mathematics?
Most subjects I've got covered, and we're having a great time touring the precincts of human knowledge. But maths? I keep avoiding it because I'm just plain afraid of making it seem boring and complicated. Thai government school education is all about rote learning & repetition, but I believe that inspiring fascination and wonder results in a much deeper and more fulfilling relationship with learning and knowledge.
I can conceive in the abstract of equations being sublime, of mathematics being the key and the door to physical knowledge, and offering a language with which to directly interrogate the universe but sadly I can't actually do those things in the concrete - poetry in a language I don't understand, and can barely even hear. At best, I can think of the things I find mind-blowing, like fractals for example... but pointing at fractals and saying 'Math! See?' isn't really very inspiring.
So does anyone have any ideas, or sources suitable for a 7 year old that might fit the bill here?
Why don't you watch some of Grant Sanderson's (3blue 1brown) videos on youtube? They focus on calculus and above, but don't worry about that. Look for his techniques in suggesting how you might have discovered something for yourself, if you were curious enough. Geometry is a great place to start, or even with the concept of algebraic equality or identity, which is not that abstruse, but oh, so central. Trying to educate your kid without educating yourself first is likely to fail.
Watch some Feynman, "The pleasure of finding things out". Yeah, it's intimidating to find the good stuff. As Theodore Sturgeon declared when somebody told him 99% of SF is crap, he said, "99% of everything is crap". You have to have an outlook like Gwyneth Paltrow's to insist otherwise.
I'm not sure when I learned my math multiplication tables but I assume that he can divide by 7, with a known remainder (knowing the multiplication table for 7 is very helpful, of course).
then just touching on trigonometry will cause some wonder when we can calculate the distance to a far-off point just using known angles
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