Children Like Mathematics, Really?

Learning maths: Kids block

Did you like maths when you were growing up? I’ve heard many people say that they hated maths in school. So it is no surprise as a society, we somehow think that maths is something to be dreaded. And unfortunately, we may pass our apprehension on to our kids.
But guess what? Douglas H. Clements, a professor of learning and instruction at the State University of New York College at Buffalo boldly declares that children like mathematics. He is referring to Pre-K and Kindergarten aged kids. If you listen to what he has to say, you’ll probably agree too. Take a look at this video.

If you think about it, maths is all around us. It is part of our lives and we engage in it everyday. The same goes for our kids.

So, here are just a few things you can do to strengthen your child’s mathematical skill. These are some things that I have done with my own kids to learn maths at an early age.

  • As you go up or down the stairs, count them off.
  • Let them play with building blocks or Lego.
  • Just randomly count the things around you, but do it in a playful manner. For example, “I wonder how many toes are on your feet?” or “Let’s count all the blue cars we can see”.
  • Let your child join you in the kitchen. Give a running commentary of the things you do. For example, “I’m cutting the tomato in half”, “The recipe says we need 2 cups of flour”, “First we cut the onions, then we beat the egg, etc….”.
  • Sing counting songs together, e.g. “1,2,3,4,5, Once I caught a fish alive”, “1 little, 2 little, 3 little Indians”, “Hickory Dickory Dock”, “5 Little Duck went out to play, over the hills and far away”.
  • Books that have math concepts. My kids love this one: Three Pigs, One Wolf, Seven Magic Shapes
    You’ll need a Tangram Puzzle though.

So remember, children like mathematics.

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