Have you ever wondered how to go about helping your child get to grips with the basics of numeracy? Here I cover some ideas for teaching your toddler about number and early stages of mathematics.
Little children develop numeracy skills when they use mathematical ideas in their everyday situations. To be relevant and meaningful to them, maths should be approached as a natural part of day to day living and should not be taught as a seperate subject. Children begin to make sense of these situations by asking questions such as:
Will there be enough?
As with many things, you may feel that the maths children do at school is different from how you were taught, or that maths was not your best subject. However, you are still able to help your child in many ways. The following information will assist you in helping children learn and enjoy using their mathematical ideas in daily activities.
be involved in making plans and designing their own constructions like cubby houses, robots and sand castles.
When young children play with their calculator they learn to recognise the numbers on the keys. They notice that when they press a number it will show on the screen. Don’t feel that you need to teach them function keys (+-X% etc), at this stage it is purely an exploration of the technology.
Making a question board can be a valuable tool in helping your child to make sense of numeracy in his environment.Families can look for opportunities to point out and respond to children’s numeracy ideas. Encourage your child to ask questions to help him make sense of his everyday situations. Here are some examples of questions you can stick on your question board:
Stopping at a petrol station ask: ‘How many snacks will we need to buy? Do we have enough money to pay for them? How much does the petrol cost here?’
When deciding what to wear, talk about the weather and ask your child: ‘Is it likely to rain today?’ I realise this does not sound very mathematical, but hypothesising about likeliness is a skill needed in formal mathematics classes.
When preparing a meal involve your child in deciding how much food to prepare for the whole family. You can ask: ‘Are there enough for us to have one each?’
Article from: www.toddlebabes.co.uk