by Jean Warren
Opportunities for exposing your children to beginning number concepts are everywhere. From your home to the grocery store, there are object to count, measure, estimate and divide. Parents can help math become a fun normal part of their child’s life when they ask their children for help setting the table or for help weighing fruits at the grocery store.
Parents can strengthen math skills through:
Art – such as; gluing legs on starfish, making number books, or counting play dough balls.
Cooking – such as; dividing out portions, measuring ingredients, dividing pizzas and pies.
Science – such as; counting legs on bugs, or petals on flowers.
Music – such as; singing counting songs.
Language – such as; reciting counting rhymes, or reading counting stories.
Thinking Skills – such as; estimating and sorting items.
Personal Skills – such as; counting button on clothes, pairing up shoes and socks, or setting the table.
Parents can maximize their child’s learning experience:
Studies have found that young children learn things easier when the learning involves doing. Math is a prime example of this. Just telling three year old, that one and one make two, means little to them. But giving them one toy and then another, and encouraging them to count them, touch them, here is where real learning takes place. Look for opportunities in your environment where your children can be exposed to number concepts in concrete ways.
Below are some math activities that you can do at home with your child.