Preschool Maths

Preschool Maths

We all know the adage – ‘Putting two and two together’ but seldom do we recollect that we learned this in our kindergarten years. Most things kids learn in preschool stay with them through their lives. Thus, it falls upon us to help them learn more things by enrolling them in an early education. One of the most interesting things which make them run their brains is preschool math. Perhaps, the general dread that older students feel about Math can be curbed a bit if they are initiated into the subject at a nascent stage.

The learning helps in later life

Math learning helps children in different aspects as well. For instance, understanding the pattern and pretend playing with money is what kids learn in an early math class. Isn’t it what we are supposed to do no matter what vocation we follow in life? They are taught to identify numbers and shapes and thus be more conversant with the subject. In a nutshell, this learning doesn’t restrict itself to the subject, but helps us make definite decisions later on in life.

Activities to infuse love for Math

You can make kids solve simple problems. Ask them how many flowers are in the vase, chocolates in the tray or bread slices on the plate. Subtly teach them to divide, say, six pieces of jellies among him and his two friends. Teach him how to see time on the clock and, if you are creative, show them how different numbers can be drawn into something else (making a dove out of numeral 2 is a common example). Of course, teachers will have their own ways to make kids enjoy math lessons. This is a subject they come up daily with at school, so it is pretty necessary that they nurture a love for the subject. Show that you don’t know what 3 and 5 add up to and see the look on your child’s face as he or she answers 8 – priceless!

Practical application of Math

Early years math helps build up cognitive skills and even communication. When questions like ‘You have two pencils, Harry takes one. How many is left?’ is actually enacted between two students, they not only grasp the answer well, but also take to the other boy or girl kindly. They try to use their learning at home as well by counting the number of their saved coins (they don’t understand the financial aspect of it of course) and seeing the number grow (your assistance there!). You can amass a number of apples and oranges (try placing colourful stuff) and ask them to subtract from them or mix the apples and oranges. Abacus is a great help to help teach young children mental math.

Conclusion

We all have to count our chickens and add to our assets. The mathematics goes on in life and grazes different facets of it. It is all the good if the essence of this nugget is introduced to kids in early stages, in form of math, which amazingly, helps sharpen their social and cognitive skill. It only requires a well-planned math schedule.

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