Math You Can Count On
By Hedda Sharapan
I wonder how you felt about math when you were in grade school? I know there are early childhood professionals who cringe at the very thought of math. I’ll bet that even now, you can remember like I can, how it felt when we were faced with long division problems with a remainder…or subtraction problems like 105-89 when we had to “borrow.”
But it may help us put those feelings aside if we can think about math in a new way – a way that’s developmentally appropriate for young children. Our role in early childhood is to lay the foundation, and that’s much more about our attitude than about arithmetic. I’m referring to fundamental things like helping children be interested in numbers, to know what “counting” means, and to know how and why we count.
Of course math is much more than counting, but that’s a good place to start for now.
In the video Fred was helping children see that numbers are more than “words“ we say in a certain order. Sure, we can applaud when a toddler says the numbers from 1 to10, but it’s even more exciting when a child can use the numbers to count in a meaningful way. Here are some fun and engaging math activities that can help set the foundation for a real and practical understanding of counting.
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A Take-Away Game
"As you help children appreciate their real-life experiences playing with things like numbers, shapes, and measurements, you will be helping them learn that math can have relevance in all people’s lives. When children care about what they’re learning, and when they know their teachers care about them, they are more likely to be ready to learn and grow."
How Many Times?
Here's another fun way to build on children's everyday interest in counting.
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