How to Teach Your Preschooler to Love Numbers
You don’t have to wait for your child to reach school age before beginning to lay the foundations of their math skills, or also called as logical-mathematical as discussed by Professor Thomas Armstrong in his Multiple Intelligences book. Even though you might not have been aware of it, your little one has been using math to better understand the world. It’s why your child’s face lights up when he hears a familiar tune, or why a preschooler sorts his toys according to color. You can unlock your child’s potential by helping nurture the gift of logic and math as early as possible.
Most of us don’t realize this, but we use mathematical language every day. Using words that describe size like “big” or “little” introduces the concept of measurement. Explaining the order of your activities (e.g. “You can have some ice cream after eating your food.”) lets them have a better grasp of patterns. Math is everywhere—we just have to be intentional with how we point out these concepts to our kids.
Teaching your preschooler the 123s is all about repetition. Take every opportunity to count objects: how many blocks he has in his toy box, how many steps it takes you to walk from one side of your living room to the other, how many apple slices there are on her plate.
Singing counting songs is a fun and effective way to introduce your child to numbers. It won’t be long before your child starts joining you (though getting the order of the numbers right might take time). Practice makes perfect!
Plenty of classic children’s games use numbers, allowing your child to play and learn. You can help him count to ten during a game of hide-and-seek. Or why not draw hopscotch squares on your sidewalk (complete with numbers, of course) to nurture their motor and number skills? You can also teach older preschoolers simple card games like Go Fish that allows them to get a better understanding of patterns and logic.
Clean up time is essential for teaching your child responsibility, and leaves them with a sense of pride. Because you’re tackling multiple objects, why not add some math into the mix? Count toys as you place them back into the toy box. Ask your child to organize toys according to their size, or books according to color. This doesn’t just make clean up more educational, it also adds an element of fun to the activity.
You don’t have to scour your local bookstore for a coloring book with numbers—you can easily make your own! Draw the outlines of numbers on a sheet of paper, and color it together. Announce which number you’re coloring, and what color you’re going to use (e.g. “Mommy will color number two in blue”). Preschoolers will also enjoy tracing numbers with a marker—this will help nurture your child’s fine motor skills while getting more familiar with numbers.
Just like playing an instrument or dancing ballet, math needs practice. With an intentional parenting approach that strives to bring out the best in every child, you can help nurture your little one’s talents and gifts.
For your child’s development, make sure he gets the nutrition he needs as well alongside a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle to support proper growth and mental development.
PROMIL® FOUR is a powdered formula milk drink for children over 3 years old. It is not suitable for use as a breast milk substitute.
Multiple intelligences in the classroom 3rd ed by Thomas Armstrong