The subject of mathematics is vital for your child’s smooth academic journey. The development of early math skills can be done at home and this can give and this can give an upper edge to your child in the subject of mathematics. The early learning experiences in mathematics can make the child proficient in the subject.
Engaging the natural curiosity of your child through mathematics:
- The first step in sparking interest in your child towards mathematics is through activities that can develop mathematical thinking.
- You can introduce your child to base ten blocks. These blocks can either be made at home or purchased. These blocks have cubes for counting with ones, tens and hundreds and thousands.
- Teach your child the value of coins and currency notes. For instance: How many paise can make up a rupee or how many cents can make up a dollar. You can even teach them the permutations and combinations of making up a rupee or a dollar. For instance: 10 coins of 10 paise can make a rupee or 4 quarters can make up a dollar.
- Introduce your child to the technique of rearrangement using 5 identical objects and changing their orders from time to time. Ensure that you command for the change in order and your child does it accordingly.
- You can use the M & M’s and colorful gummies to introduce the concept of quotient and remainder. You can give a specific number of gummies or M&M’s and ask him/her to set aside a small number. Then you can ask your child to tell the remainder.
- You can also teach the concepts of even and odd numbers using the gummies.
- The best and fun filled way to introduce fractions is through Pizza. You can get 2 pizzas and ask your child to cut the first pizza into four parts. Ask him/her to separate each part and then joint the parts together. You can then divide the 2nd pizza into 8 parts. You can now explain that even when you divide the pizzas into different parts, all the parts together can form a single pizza.
These small activities can not only engage the kids but also develop the basic concepts of mathematics.