Teaching the subject to an older child may be a bit more difficult. There are many math problems out there that can be used to bring it down to their level. Using this subject in an everyday situation is a one idea. For example, tell a story that involves that child. If he goes to the store and buys a gallon of milk with a five dollar bill and the milk is only three dollars, how much money will he have left? Using word problems will help the child understand it more.
Figures, Fractions, Signs and Symbols are part of the exciting world of mathematics. Some kids dislike math with a passion and this sometimes has to do with one simple fact _ the way they have been taught. Maybe it was just one bad experience in elementary school but somehow it served to seal their fate and from then on math was just a bad word.