Why Early Math is Important And How to Teach It
- 13 Sep, 2018
For adults, many of us put the subject of math into two categories: I never use it except to calculate how many days until my next paycheck; or, I use it every day because I’m an engineer. So many adults go through their high school career wondering why they make students learn about trigonometry. For infants and toddlers, however, math should be a part of their daily lives. But so many parents, even if they realize how important it is, struggle with actually implementing math-based activities and toys into their kids lives. So, at Children Smart Toys, we want to provide fun and engaging math toys for kids that will help your child thrive now and in the future when it comes time to learn all about fractions, algebra, and even reading.
First, Why is Starting Early Math so Important?
There is significant evidence that when children are comfortable with early math that they will be successful later on in both math and reading. In addition (no pun intended), when children have a weakness with math, it will become clear when they first enter kindergarten.
What is Early Math?
It all seems like common sense now, but there are a few basic math concepts that need to be learned, including counting, quantity, shapes, spatial relations, measurement, and patterns. With the use of math toys for kids and other activities, children will eventually learn these concepts. Playing with building blocks is a great example of how children learn shapes, creating shapes using a variety of pieces, putting colors together, and more.
Here is a breakdown of what skills your child is learning as they grow.
- Infants: Distinguishing between small groups of objects.
- Toddlers: Using numbers to label quantities. One cookie or two chairs, for example.
- Two to Three Years Old: Counting objects as they point to them.
- Three to Four Years Old: Recognizing the number of objects without having to count.
- Four to Five Years Old: Addition and subtraction.
What Parents Can Do at Home
The classic wooden box with a circle, square, and triangle holes in the top is a great way to incorporate shapes. Let your child play with the shapes and explore putting them into the corresponding holes. Also, when they try to put the square object into the triangle hole, let them work the problem on their own. This type of problem-solving is equally important.
Take a Walk
As you walk around your neighborhood, ask your toddler to count how many trees they pass, how many steps they walk down, or find all of the different colors. Remember to make it a game so that they are always having fun.
Get in the Kitchen
For children who understand the fundamentals of numbers and counting, have them help you bake some cookies. Using measuring cups, counting the cups of flour, and even counting how many chocolate chips are in each ball makes learning math not only fun but delicious!
At Children Smart Toys, we have a variety of math toys for kids that will keep your child engaged and learning, such as Numbers Mathematics Toy and Balance Scale Early Learning. Shop through all of our products to find educational toys that your child will love!