Dear Berry Patch Families,
Did you enjoy math as a kid? If so, great! If not, know that mathematics can be a stressful competency area for many. Add in the “new math” children are taught in elementary school and it can become downright frustrating. But math can be fun! Your kids need to know math is fun.
Learning activities to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten and beyond are already in full swing at The Berry Patch School. Pre-math activities are easy to incorporate into daily life at home too, both spontaneously and intentionally. Pairing socks teaches children matching skills. Counting apples at the grocery store aids in one-to-one correspondence and sequencing. Talking with your child while building with blocks is an opportunity to identify colors and shapes.
There are seven areas of math readiness to introduce and practice. Through play and everyday activities, children will recognize and master the concepts.
- Matching with one-to-one correspondence
- Identifying colors, shapes, and patterns
- Number sense: identifying numbers, counting in sequence (forward and backward)
- Estimation: making an educated guess, rough calculation
- Representation: matching numbers to objects
- Problem solving
Make play and math readiness part of your child’s day. Sing counting songs, read books that include patterns in words and objects, measure dry and liquid ingredients together while cooking. Ask questions like, how many cotton balls will fit into the cup? There’s no limit to the number of ideas to aid in learning math! (Pun intended!)
Click on the links listed below for further suggestions, research, and information regarding math readiness. Your child’s teacher has additional ideas for preparing children to learn mathematics. The LINKS page on The Berry Patch website has more information for parents on a variety of topics.
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
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