My name is Dieni, the founder behind Fun Math Activities For Kids. A wife, and a mom of two daughters aged 3 & 6. My little family lives in Singapore.
I love helping others finding ideas around living with kids, helping parents simplifying school lessons so they can help their kids understand (and enjoy) the learning a lot better!
This blog started with the math challenges we had (more on my story below!). And as our family journey grows, I realized there’s more beyond it that we as parents can do to nurture children who loves learning.
So I hope you want to stay around to read my other helpful tips on learning through play, activities without gadgets, and also other favorite kids/home/school supplies that I love.
In this article:
A little about my life stories
I studied Computer Engineering in my college days, and I used to work as an IT analyst in inland revenue for 8.5 years. I married to an IT network engineer (no, he was not my colleague!), who is an amazingly supportive partner and a hands-on father. Now I stayed home managing the household, while nurturing our two little stars.
Fast forward to today, my eldest girl is now in Kindergarten 2 and she will be a first grader starting from January. All is well.
Or so I thought.
I thought I can leave ‘studying’ matters to her school and teacher alone.
And I can just sit back and relax (Oh, I mean, then I can take care the rest of other house stuffs. Ha!), and just let her catching up in school on her own pace. Both my husband and me are not really obsessing about our kids had to be the top student in class, or something like that.
But then came the primary school prep phase. Worksheet after worksheet.
My little girl, who previously would be excited in playing with numbers, shapes, and patterns, now seemed to pull herself to the corner every time she saw math equations on her papers. She lost her enthusiasm and confidence.
Only then I realized, I might do something wrong. Or, I might NOT doing something enough.
I didn’t take enough time to let her learn WITH me.
Then I tried to find other way to teach her math. Through hands on activities. Putting the abstract concept of numbers to concrete, use different things at home that she can actually hold, see, and count. Slowly she regained her confidence back.
The biggest two things I would fear of on my kids are, if they aren’t becoming God-loving ones, and if they loathe learning.
I believe good education starts from home.
And I believe an enjoyable learning is important when we want to raise a child to be an independent learner, to love learning, for the rest of his/her life.
That is what I want to share here on the website, the ideas and inspirations on how parents can take parts in instilling the love of learning math, through hands-on, easy, playful activities that can be done at home.
Of course, I am too still in the long learning journey of this process.
So if you ever need a hand or have any questions, or suggestions, feel free to leave comments on any of my posts or use the Contact form, and I will try my best to read and reply back to you. Enjoy!