Teaching your children to learn math will bring very good benefits for them later. Math helps children reflect well with calculations and prepare them for schools. Learning math also helps your baby develop both the left and right side of their brain and forming logical thinking. However, buying a lot of math books or spreadsheets is not a great way for children to learn math naturally and effectively as they will make your kids bored and maybe dislike this subject. Instead, you need fun activities to help your baby develop a solid foundation for math. Here is our guide to help your preschooler learn math.
You may want your baby to learn how to count numbers accurately. First, counting normally and then later in school, they will learn how to count backward. To teach them this at home, use some building blocks and ask them “how many blocks are there?”. Then, holding your child’s finger, slowly point at each one and count together. As they begin to understand, make it more difficult for them by adding more blocks (up to ten). For some kids, this is a lot. But, if your child is finding it easier than expected try asking them to count by themselves. Later you can even ask them to close their eyes and hide/add some blocks and see if they can count the new amount.
This is the knowledge about definitions of shapes, sizes, directions, positions, and movements. For example, You can teach your baby about in/out, left/right, and square/circle. The best way to teach them this is around the house. Take them in the room and out of it again, as you walk around the house, say turn left and turn right. You can also look for different shapes around the house and try to tell them “this is a square”. Teaching your preschooler this way is easy for them to remember as they will be reminded as they walk around the house. By knowing these definitions, your kids will have more fun discovering their surrounding environments.
Quiz and Question are Helpful
You can teach your children to count objects in everyday contexts. Any object can be a good learning tool as they are familiar with everyday life as well as in the learning process of children. Asking some questions about numbers of the object is a good idea. For example, you can ask questions about the number of buttons on the shirt, the number of stairs they need to climb, the number of toys they own, or the number of candies they have. Let them count a small number first (up to 10) and occasionally increase the number by letting them count eleven or twelve things to give them an extra challenge.
Having fun And Learning At The Same Time
Remember, this is all extracurricular activity and it’s primarily about having fun! There should be no punishment or negativity if they get it wrong. Focus on positive reinforcement instead and make a big deal when they get it right.
The world is a classroom, always ask them lots of questions to keep them fascinated in the world around them. Once your child has a solid understanding of this, they can hopefully start asking you questions. If you get to this point, try to get the answer wrong sometimes to see if they truly know the answer themselves.
Board games are also great aids. Board games often use accompanying items like cards, game pieces or dice to support the game. While learning how to play these games, your baby will learn about numbers on the cards, the number of dice, and how many moves they will be allowed. Just remember to supervise them when they are around small choking hazards.
As your child learns about shapes, don’t forget to introduce new shapes into their world. For example, if they know a square, show them a rectangle. If they know a circle, show them an oval. Once they go to school, they will start learning about 3D shapes so, for now, just keep it simple. On top of that, you can also integrate counting into shapes as well. “How many sides are there?” An easy question for us but perhaps a challenging one for them. If they struggle with this, revert back to the original counting method mentioned above to help them count the sides along with you.
One way to really get your kids interested is to get them listening to songs. Music is always easier to remember for children than math. Your child may not be interested in singing at first, but they will feed off of your enthusiasm. Have a listen to the songs first so that you can sing along when they first hear it. if that still doesn’t work, get them to clap along to the rhythm of the song first and it will make them enjoy it more. Whether they sing or not, they’ll still absorb the music and recognize the familiar sound. Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? It’s the same for your baby! There are many songs online that have simple mathematical knowledge in the lyrics. We recommend having a look at Super Simple Songs as they have songs for toddlers up to preschoolers. Another great one and a personal favorite in our household is “The Big Numbers Song”. My kids love listening to this song, especially on car journeys. Let your baby listen to these songs, dance with them so they can learn about math, and most importantly, have fun.
Here is our guide to help your preschooler learn math. Do you have any other activities that you use to help your children learn about math? Share with us in the comments!