One of the most crucial skills for preschoolers is learning to understand numbers. This is an important skill – not just academic but also a life skill – that preschoolers need to know about and kindergartners need to master. Children observe various concepts of mathematics since their toddler years and teaching them does not have to be hard.
This does not have to be a drag, parents. Honestly. This can be fun, interactive, and simple! There are various proven tips to make this entire process not only easy but also an activity that can increase parent-child bonding. Any activity that can enrich the family time spent together is an activity that’s welcome at homes, isn’t it?
1. Teach counting with rhymes
Well, what child doesn’t adore rhymes? Incorporating number rhymes into their everyday quota of songs that they won’t stop singing is the easiest way to familiarizing them with numbers. These number rhymes when sung along can not only help them memorize the numbers – when you show them the numbers of fingers when you sing along, the child realizes that the particular number correlates to that many fingers.
2. Incorporate numbers into daily tasks
Incorporate numbers into everyday tasks that your child does with you – for example when your child asks you for a snack or when they help you to clean up after dinner, as them to count the number of snacks they consume or the number of spoons/forks you clean. Asking them to count the number of fingers they have or the number of ears they have is also a fun way of learning numbers while getting children to be more self-aware. Mealtimes can not only be made easy but they can also be fun when you ask them to count the number of apple pieces or broccoli pieces they are eating.
3. Teach the order of number with games
Memorizing numbers usually isn’t the hardest part of teaching kids. They memorize – sooner or later. It’s getting them to relate to the concept of numbers as anything other than an abstract concept that becomes harder. For example, connect the dots is a brilliant game that helps kids correlate numbers to a tangible concept and explains to them why the numbers have a sequentiality to it. After the connect the dots to find a fun animal or character, you can let them color or paint it to ensure that the activity holds their interest to do it over and over again.
4. Draw the numbers
Write down a bunch of numbers and ask them to draw an object or a character that denotes that number. This is obviously a fun game but what this also does is ensure them that they are relating numbers with objects in exactly the right way. You could also draw numbers of flowers/objects and ask them to write down the quantity of your drawings!
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