Mathematics is a particular way of thinking and all children everywhere do it quite naturally. From their earliest encounters, children explore the abstractions of mathematics. Parallel to the development of language skills is the development of concepts related to basic areas of mathematics.
The importance of math development
- An engaging and encouraging climate for children's early encounters with mathematics develops their confidence in their ability to understand and use mathematics. These positive experiences help children to develop dispositions such as curiosity, imagination, flexibility, inventiveness, and persistence.
- Early math can improve reading and writing skills. Children who start with numerical skills even in infancy will do better with math when they reach school.
- kids need Math to be able to count. Counting is something they will need every single day of their lives. From the little things to the big things in life, counting is in every aspect of our lives.
- Math will help your child get their numerals right. One of the most important things a child will be working on figuring out for a huge chunk of their adult life is money. Not to mention shopping and dealing with change which requires basic Math skills such as adding, subtraction, multiplication and division.
- being able to read a clock to tell the time, calculating time in terms of hours, days, weeks or months, reading temperature and so much more.
There are several problems that faced by children,
- Number Facts.Incomplete mastery of basic number facts, such as the multiplication tables, simple addition and subtraction, is a common problem for math students.
- difficulty in understanding mathematics. They usually have problems recognizing numbers and matching them with amounts, comparing numbers and mastering number relationships, comprehending sequences and even making accurate estimations.
- Inattentiveness.Students unable to remember the exact steps used to solve a problem. As a result, students who regularly practice answering math problems are better off than those who do not because they learn how to answer questions accurately and methodically.
- Shape up.Play with shape-sorters. Talk with your child about each shape—count the sides, describe the colors. Make your own shapes by cutting large shapes out of colored construction paper.
- Count and sort.Gather together a basket of small toys, shells, pebbles or buttons. Count them with your child. Sort them based on size, color, or what they do (i.e., all the cars in one pile, all the animals in another).
- What size is it?Notice the sizes of objects in the world around you: That pink pocketbook is the biggest. The blue pocketbook is the smallest. Ask your child to think about his own size relative to other objects (“Do you fit under the table? Under the chair?”).
- Big on blocks.Give your child the chance to play with wooden blocks, plastic interlocking blocks, empty boxes, milk cartons, etc. Stacking and manipulating these toys help children learn about shapes and the relationships between shapes (e.g., two triangles make a square). Nesting boxes and cups for younger children help them understand the relationship between different sized objects.
Parents can encourage this natural understanding of mathematical concepts and help children to build on them by providing educational toys and activities that promote math skills.
Make math a central part of your child’s early education by Providing toys like blocks that allow for developing the concept of numbers,Choosing books and educational videos focusing on numbers and counting and spending time on simple counting and numerical activities with your child, just as you spend time reading to develop literacy skills,
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