Introducing Children to Math: How to Start Teaching Math to Kids
As a parent, you are probably aware of the well-known scientific fact that early development of math skills leads to better understanding of complex math principles when the child gets older. It is possible to teach basic math concepts to toddlers, although it is also important to have realistic expectations and to not put the child under too much pressure.
Math exercises for toddlers
Children of age 2 to 3 years old can develop basic mathematical skills, such as sorting, comparing and matching objects, shapes and colors. The best way to practice these skills is to work on a group of objects, such as blocks or cutouts in different shapes and colors. Show your children how to organize those objects and encourage them to try to match similar objects.
Introducing more advanced concepts
Children, who have learned how to organize objects will move faster to the next stage. Children of age 4 to 5 years old can not only group objects, but also recognize patterns. The best way to practice these skills is to repeat the same sequence of blocks (for example, red – yellow – green) a few times and ask the child to guess which color comes next. 5 year old children can also learn how to count and they are capable of understanding that numbers represent the amount. Most children of this age struggle with the concept of time, so it takes more practical exercises to teach them how to measure, compare and estimate time.
As you can see, all these aforementioned skills are very concrete, that’s because it takes quite a lot of time, before a child develops an understanding of abstract concepts. If you want to continue to teach your child practical math skills, before moving to abstract concepts, send your child to a school, which applies Singapore Math curriculum or join one of many Singapore Math conferences to learn how to homeschool your child following the Singapore Math method.
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Singapore Math conferences – http://eastwestmath.com/professional-development/seminars-for-schools