Mathematics, or Maths, as it is commonly referred to, is about NUMBERS, SHAPES and PATTERNS. It is counting, measuring things, discovering similarities and differences, and solving problems.
I strongly believe that children who are read to, learn to read. I also support the belief that children who are “mathed with,” learn Mathematics. Doing Mathematics together can be as pleasant for families as sharing a good book.
Monday Maths will provide you the parent with a variety of playful Mathematics activities for you and your child to enjoy together while using everyday situations and materials.
So before I formally begin my session, I beg you to ponder on this statement made by Patsy Kanter:
“It is important for home and school to join hands. By fostering a positive attitude about Mathematics at home, we can help our children learn Mathematics at school.” – from Helping Your Child Learn Math by Patsy Kanter, U.S. Department of Education.
I totally agree with Patsy. Do you?
So with out further ado, here is your first session.
Children enjoy counting things. As parents, you should always be on the lookout for opportunities for your children to practice this skill. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how counting things brings about many playful and productive mathematics activities.
Stand in front of your house or apartment building. How many window can be seen? How many doors? Now count the windows and doors at the back of the building. Which had more windows? Which had fewer ( or less) doors? Parents this simple yet valuable activity can be done at home or when you are out and about with your little one. It can be done on a visit to Grandma’s house, or when they go to church. The possibilities are endless.
I urge you to be as creative as you can be.
One, two, three, four,