Traditional classroom learning is generally rules first, application later. However, researchers are finding that repeated exposure to patterns seems to deepen understanding.
That may mean that the same ‘eye’ kids develop at sports, computer games, and chess can help them master graphs, equations, and other math skills.
I can’t explain it, but this New York Times article can.
And this battery of math challenges gave me a headache, sweaty palms, and renewed feelings of math inadequacy, but it could help your kid develop skills to make learning math more natural.