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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Making Mathematics FUN for preschoolers

Do you want your child to have fun learning Mathematics without the need for boring rote learning or paper and pencil techniques? Here are some suggestions for both the parent and child to have Fun with Maths.

Use What is Already Available

* Songs - Many of the young children songs have constant rhythm and repetitiveness that can be used as a great tool for introducing your child to numbers. There are so many examples

1. One, two, three, four, five. Once I caught a fish alive....

2. Five current buns in the baker's shop..

3. One, two buckle my shoe ...

4. One little, two little, three little indian...

There are so many of these songs for you to sing along and teach your child to count. Have Fun!

* Stories

Using stories to teach mathematics

Songs are not the only ones with numbers, many of the children stories like Three little pigs, Goldilocks and the Three bears and many more other stories have numbers attached to them. Bring your child to the library and have a game out of finding books with numbers in their title, then read the stories while encouraging your child to count the pictures, for example the bears, beds or bowls of porridge etc from the Goldilocks story.

* Everyday objects

using every day objects to teach maths

The clock, door or building numbers, computer keyboard, and telephones - all of these can be used to teach your child more about numbers and how important and useful they are, in the world around us.

* Food

cooking and mathematics

Cooking is a wonderful way to introduce your child to practical mathematics and is also useful to extend the vocabulary of your child. Children can count baking cases, spoons of sugar or chocolate button decorations and many more. Later, they can use buns or cookies etc, for simple addition and subtraction sums as well as look at weights of food to learn about measurement. While cutting up and sharing out cakes or oranges etc, you could also teach your child about fractions and division.

Games to make Mathematic FUN

* Throwing games - Games which involve throwing a number of objects, such as balls or toys, in a wastepaper basket or box provide good counting practice.

* Counting Trays - Use paper plates for this activity. Write a number on the plate. Provide a pile of dried pasta and show your child how to count the appropriate number onto each plate before she tries.

* Fast Fingers - Ask your child simple addition and subtraction question and ask her to hold up her fingers with the correct answers. When there are more children of the same age group, this game can be played as a challenge, remember to reward all the children with simple gifts like stickers regardless of who answer first or most. The idea is to have fun with maths!

* Dice - You can play lots of games using dice. There are commercially made dice that go up to twenty, or you can make your own dice with higher numbers, shapes or colours on them.

* Dominoes - Play simple dominoes or ask your child to count the spots in the dominoes. You could also play what adds up to, for example, ten with these dominoes. Show your child a domino and ask her to show another domino which when added to yours will become ten, and so forth.

dominoes and mathematics

* Cards - Cards with numbers are a versatile tool for teaching your child to count, share and arrange in sequence and so much more while having lots of fun.

* Sports - watch and play sports with your child that involves scoring, timing, counting and measurement.

* Crafts - do crafts such as simple origami to create awareness for angels, shapes and fractions.

origami and mathematics

* Board games - Board games such as Snake and ladder allows your child to practice counting and doing calculations.

 teaching mathematics using board games

These are just some ideas, let your creative juices flow and HAVE FUN WITH MATHEMATICS.

If you have other suggestions please feel free to comment so that I can add on to this post.

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Blogger Guardian Angel said...

This is a very detailed tip about teaching math to children. Being math as the "most" hated subject in school, it is very important that parents started their children to enjoy math in his early age.
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February 15, 2008 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger Lian said...

Sounds good. Just goes to show that maths is everywhere. We just have to open our eyes wider. And also take the time to point it out to our kids.

February 15, 2008 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

You and I are a lot alike, I see--I use a lot of those tips with my sons already! :) So I can attest that they do work really well, that kids do enjoy them--especially the songs and the cooking!

February 20, 2008 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous HotMama said...

Yeah, i think we parents should be creative about our ways of teaching Math to kids. It is a not-so-interesting subject for a lot of kids and they need to realize early on that it is useful and it can be fun.

It helps to make them understand concepts in Math in the context of everyday life. Fraction, for example is rather complex for them. But if you can get a chocolate log and show them that one-half or one-fourth is like so, they will immediately get that.

March 1, 2008 at 7:59 PM  

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