Thursday, May 2, 2013

How To Teach Math To Your Pre-Schooler (without him/her falling asleep!)




We have been using this maths learning beads for quite some time now, and it has been extremely useful, especially when we teach Shayne certain concepts such as addition, subtraction and grouping. The different colours of the beads also makes it fun for Shayne to learn Maths!

Here are several pre-school Maths skills that our child, Shayne, is learning right now:
  • Sorting: colors, sizes, and like items
  • Identifying patterns and number sequence
  • Comparison of objects (ie: taller and shorter, bigger and smaller)
  • Naming basic shapes
  • Counting from 1 to 40
  • Grouping like items and the concept of adding to or taking away from the group

Nonetheless, I've compiled some tips on teaching maths to your pre-schooler! :) (actually, the 3rd-5th point applies to any other subject too...)


Presenting to you...

5 TIPS FOR TEACHING MATHS TO YOUR YOUNG CHILD

1) Involve your child in everyday life math activities, such as measuring objects, estimating costs when grocery shopping, cooking and any other life activities. You can also enhance your child's learning experience by playing games with the things around you. For example, when your child is snacking on some M&Ms, you may ask him/her how many more red M&Ms are there than blue M&Ms.

2) Begin teaching with a hands-on interactive activity. This is extremely important for us when we're teaching Shayne. For example, you may give your child a handful of small objects and let him/her use those to count out the answers to the problems. You may also allow your pre-schooler to use his/her fingers during counting too. Pre-schoolers need to fully understand the basic Mathematical concepts, and not just memorise the numbers or words. By using hands-on objects which they can see and feel, this will allow them to fully understand the Mathematical concept.


3) Encourage and motivate your child. Consistently. Never scold or punish your kid for telling you the wrong answer, that's a big no-no. Most importantly, never quit or give up when you're teaching your little one. And this brings us to the next point...

4) Praise your child when he/she finally understands a concept, or gets the correct answer. Give your child a big hug, and tell your child that you're very proud of him/her. This will give your little one the confidence to continue learning Maths! :)


5) Last but not least, have fun while teaching! Studying shouldn't be all boring, it can be fun too! Having a positive attitude while you're teaching allows your child to have a positive attitude while he/she is learning. By introducing educational games, books, videos and objects, studying can be fun and enjoyable for your little pre-schooler. :)

Shayne's current must-have stationary for Maths: his colourful counting beads and colourful markers.
These tips were based on our own teaching experience with Shayne, we're still learning new parenting and teaching skills everyday. So feel free to comment on your own parenting or teaching skills that you'd like to share with us, or other parents/future parents out there! :)

6 comments:

  1. This is such a good idea, it looks like you're making maths fun.. I hated maths at school but can't help thinking pretty colourful beads would have changed that a little! xx

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  2. That's a great idea! I love that you're teaching it yourself so you can take breaks if you notice that he's starting to get frustrated and just kind of customize things like that because you know your child better than anyone.

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  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at brewedtogether.com

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  4. Shayne is so freaking adorable. When I was little my grandparents took a trip to china and brought me back an abacus just like that one. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! It must be so fun to watch him learn!

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