I’m confident that early conversations concerning Math lead to deeper understanding with Mathematical concepts. It’s appropriate to say to a 3-year-old “How many cookies do you have”? (considering the number is less than five).
While making sandwiches, I might say. “I am making three sandwiches”. Another thing a parent might say, “If I have three apples then, I eat one …. How many apples will I have left?”
Math is a concept that builds. In my experience, a strong foundation in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing usually in that order leads to a lifetime of ease in Mathematical concepts.
Simply having your child name then count his favorite friends at school not only is a great conversation piece yet, also allows the parent to grasp the conceptual knowledge of the child’s mathematical understanding.
This should definitely be age appropriate. A four year with 4 stickers can be expected to count up to the number 4 or 5 with practice. The idea of being able to count simple objects is another skill that comes with practice. For example, if the dad has 3 legos in his hand. Have your child point to each lego counting slowly while pointing to each lego. One to one correspondence is a skill your little one might need a little more practice with; however, with patience and care this skill will be mastered.
These early Math conversations as well, as reading books that highlight Math concepts, such a simple counting books — leads to a lifetime of learning.
There are so many learning activities that surround play dough. Play dough activities offer a wonderful age appropriate opportunity for learning. Easy play dough recipes can be found online using simple household ingredients.
Simple counting videos and activities is another great way to encourage mathematical concepts.
Have Fun With Math,