The importance of math at home and in the classroom
Young learners’ future in education depends on and requires an early foundation based on high-quality and engaging mathematics education. As noted in a joint position statement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, research on children’s learning highlights the importance of early experiences in mathematics to develop confidence and ability to use it.
Basic math and number concepts taught early at home and in the classroom set the foundation for learning more advanced math concepts. Early exposure to math and number activities will promote comfort with these skills. School Zone offers math activity books for preschool through sixth grade. Flash cards, puzzles and more will have your child excited and confident about math skills.
Use these math activities to inspire creative learning with your child:
Number Recognition, Addition and Subtraction Inspired by Dr. Seuss
Inspired by The Lorax from Dr. Seuss, plant truffula trees with your child to teach number recognition, addition and subtraction. To create the trees you will need to use pipe cleaners in any color, multi-colored pom poms and a hot glue gun. Once the trees are put together plant them into green Play-Doh that has been flattened out to form a pad. Tell your child how many trees to plant, cut down trees to practice subtraction or plant new trees to practice addition skills.
Teaching Patterns with Blocks
Pattern recognition is a basic math skill that is an important foundational ability. It helps develop critical thinking skills in young learners. All you need is basic stacking blocks or shapes. Create a pattern, and ask your child to pick out the block that comes next, by shape or by color. For more advanced patterns, use LEGOs® instead of large blocks.
Lily Pad Math
Teach subtraction skills with frogs on lily pads. You will need green foam circles, scissors, a permanent marker and plastic frog animals. Cut a wedge out of the foam circles to create the lily pad. On each one, write a simple subtraction equation and place the frogs on the pad. Have your child solve the equation by taking the correct number of frogs off, and write down the correct answer, or have your child write the number.
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