This is our third blog in the STEM series and in this one we will be focusing on how you can get your child to learn mathematics from an early age.
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Maths is not one of the most exciting subjects for more people, and more often than not, your child is not going to love the subject. However, once children have a grasp on the basics, they are more likely to enjoy it and will be eager to learn more.
Mathematics is an essential component of the STEM career sector. Seeing as it’s the fastest growing professional sector, you should encourage your child to learn as much as they can about science, technology, engineering, and maths as they can in order to set them up for a great career.
These are the best activities for teaching math to kids:
Begin With Counting
You can’t just go ahead and throw your two year old right into algebra, you have to start off with something smaller. Begin to teach your child to count from as early as possible. Get the numbers 1 - 10 perfect before you move onto anything higher.
Every child learns to count differently and you need to find the way in which your child responds best – do they prefer memorizing while you speak or do they like you to write it down first? Find the way that they prefer and use this to help them to learn how to count. Once they have the basics under control, you can begin moving onto more complicated things.
Use Everyday Objects
Counting and maths don’t have to be a complicated processes using textbooks, in fact, it’s better to begin teaching your child the basics by using everyday objects around the house. Buttons, fruit, cereal, cans, trees, and cars can all be used to teach your child the basics of addition and subtraction.
Also, use coins and small notes of money to teach your child how to use it, they will be learning an important life skill while simultaneously improving their maths.
Children learn best through having fun, and that’s why it’s important to ensure you use fun games and activities. A great idea is to do some baking or cooking with your child; measuring is an important skill to take to school and following a recipe will help them learn this.
There are also heaps of educational games that you can play with your child that will encourage them to learn math through having fun. Maths hopscotch, Monopoly, and online games are just a few that you can use.
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