Tips for Math Success
- Count with your child! You can insert counting into almost any daily activity. You can count the number of steps it takes to get from your doorstep to the mailbox. You can count how many red cars you see while driving to the park. You might ask your child to count how many food items are in your shopping cart. The list goes on and on.
- Recognize the size and shape of objects around you! Add a little fun and go on a scavenger hunt to find objects that are shaped like a circle, square, rectangle, etc. Ask your child to find something in the back yard that is bigger than a leaf or shorter than the dog.
- Let your child cook with you! Cooking involves counting, measuring, estimating, etc. Children love to help and they get the added bonus of helping to lick the bowl!
- Get up and move! Children love to move, they need to move, so why not make it educational too!? Play hopscotch. Change the numbers on the hopscotch grid and have them read the numbers when they land on them. When they land on a number ask them what number comes next. Recognize patterns by giving them a sequence to follow. For example: clap, clap, stomp, stomp. Use sidewalk chalk to make a number line or a ten frame. Use rocks, leaves, acorns to solve an addition problem.
- Play games! Everyone loves to play card games and board games. Here are a few suggestions: Uno, Connect 4, Candyland, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, Memory, Sequence for Kids, Sorry, Chutes and Ladders, etc. The list goes on and on.