Preschool is the perfect time to build a solid foundation in math. If your child hasn’t begun preschool, you can help your child mentally prepare for math. If your child is currently in preschool, you can supplement your child’s understanding in math and further solidify their knowledge and confidence on the subject. It also doesn’t have to be difficult to involve your child with math. Since math relates to daily life, part of the process is calling out attention to different areas in life that involve math, from cooking to shopping.
A great way to learn numbers while having fun is by playing games. Make learning a game and your child will pick things up with ease. When playing board games, roll dice, call out numbers and count how many spaces it takes to get from one point to the next. You and your child can also play easy card games, like “Go Fish.”
In learning about money, you can take your child to an ATM and count money in front of them. You can also let them play with a toy cash register and fake money. Take your child shopping and compare prices with them.
Invite your child to spend time in the kitchen with you. When cooking, involve your child in measuring ingredients. You can also record their growth by weighing and measuring your child.
Let your child play with blocks. This is a great way to exercise their spatial abilities. Blocks are one of the best investments to make for your child’s expanding mathematical mind.
Bring your child’s attention to patterns on fabrics to floors. Look at plaid, polka dots, triangles and more.
Tap into your child’s analytical mind at an early age. Let your child sort out objects to compare and contrast them. Use terms, such as larger, smaller or equal.