When math gets a little tricky for your child… Try performing some ‘mathemagic’ ROCKWALL, TX (Jan. 27, 2015) One of my favorite things to do when working with a child that has reached a point of frustration, fear or boredom with math is to take..
ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX (Dec. 18, 2014) This year, Thanksgiving was special in many ways. The most delightful was an opportunity to spend a week with a two year old who kept everyone busy and laughing. His curiosity and enthusiasm reminded me that children begin to lay the foundations for future learning at a very young age and need to be exposed to the fun of reading and “mathing” early in their formative years.
Children are capable of some amazing things if they are given a chance to learn math in a fun and engaging way. But, before introducing numbers, they need to be introduced to thinking in mathematical ways. There are concepts that children need, beginning from an early age, to help them with the transition from tangible things to the abstractions of numbers and operations. Here are some suggestions to help get them started.
With these basic concepts under their belt they can then start tackling the more abstract concept of the relative values of numbers. Just because a child can count from 1 to 10 doesn’t mean they understand that those numbers represent different values until they are introduced to them. These skills can be taught at home in a playful way or with books that are available almost everywhere. A child’s natural curiosity and love of new things makes it easy to create games to learn about math. It is also what makes being a teacher so rewarding.
*Vi Hart: Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant, Youtube. All of Vi’s videos are wonderful introductions to the wonders of math and nature.