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Two Strategies to Help Your Child Learn to Love Math



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young children are naturally curious

about math instilling a love for math

while they are young is important for

establishing a foundation for the rest

of their school life this video explores

two evidence-based strategies for

helping your kids learn to love math our

own feelings and attitudes about math

shape how our children feel about math

so most importantly if you disliked or

struggled with math as a child don't

share your negative feelings about math

with your children math is important and

just like reading math is key to school

and life success flexing your children's

math muscles can be a great bonding

experience every outing or interaction

with your children is an opportunity for

math learning this video will describe

ideas to 1 teach children to view and

describe their world mathematically to

teach early geometry patterns and

measurement teach children different

ways math is visible in the world

Galileo said that mathematics is the

language of the universe while it takes

years of study and hard work to master

that language even very young children

can learn math fundamentals find

opportunities to talk with your child

about the world around you in terms of

numbers and math you can do this in just

about any situation from reading a book

together to shopping for groceries to

waiting at a red light in the car for

example

during a walk around the neighborhood

encourage your child to count how many

dogs they see for younger children you

can encourage them to keep a tally by

counting with their fingers

be sure to encourage your child to

maintain one-to-one correspondence

each dog only counts once even if it's a

really big dog ask questions like how

many dogs have we counted so far and now

how many dogs have we counted so far

these types of questions teach

cardinality the idea that numbers

represent how many there is of something

for older children you can ask them to

count and categorize the dogs in

different ways different colors

hair or short hair older children can

also keep track of dogs that have and

haven't yet been counted as they grow

you can involve them in more complicated

math talks for example you and your

child see three birds eating worms in

the grass when suddenly ruff comes

running to play with them ask your child

to count how many birds they saw and

then ask them to count how many dogs

they saw then ask them to add how many

animals they saw in total encourage them

to count that their fingers or draw them

if they know how to write they should

also be able to give you an equation 3

plus 1 equals 4 asking open-ended

questions and including math in the

conversation will encourage children to

apply their math knowledge every day

teach early geometry and patterns

although numbers may be the first things

that come to mind when you think about

math shapes and patterns are also a part

of geometry teach your child the names

of different shapes circles triangles

squares rectangles and then see how many

of them you can find in books and out in

the world a really powerful idea is that

shapes have the same name even when

they're upside down lying on their sides

big or small triangles always have 3

corners even if they're long and skinny

or short and wide you can teach older

children vocabulary such as sides and

angles as they learn more complex shapes

like octagons which have eight sides

another powerful idea is to make

different patterns with shape blocks

have fun creating patterns with your

child seeing how far you can extend it

before you run out of blocks

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these are only two ideas to help you

instill a lifelong love for mathematics

remember math is necessary and is the

language of the world math is not harder

than learning to read or learning how to

play an instrument or sport and take

this opportunity to bond with your child

and play a little math

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