Great tips for how to easily work math into your day each day and get your preschooler ready to do math in Kindergarten.
Dun, dun, dun. Math. Okay, not everyone shares the same dislike for math as I do.
Whether you like doing math or not, it is a major, major part of our daily lives. Our math teachers were right. I can’t sew, cook, or even sing without math being involved.
How do we get our cute little preschoolers ready for the math that is to come in their future? Happily for me, this kind of math is fun (as compared to geometry…). On Becoming Preschoolwise has some great ideas starting on page 123.
Math heavy on the patterns. Oh that sneaky geometry working its way in (I know, I know, some of you are math queens).
Stacking rings help teach patterns and spatial relations.
You can do pattern activities in bead stringing. You can play with pegboards. Pattern blocks are super fun.
I think Preschoolwise makes an excellent point in that you need to supervise and instruct in these activities when you want there to be mathematical learning happening.
Any of these toys are fun alone and can lead to some great creativity. When you want to teach math, however, you want to focus on the patterns. This means the child needs to follow a pattern when stringing those beads. A pattern sheet should be used for the blocks and the pegs.
The time will come when pattern activities can be created by your child, but he needs to understand patterns first.
This is another fun way to introduce math. I have a post on our homemade calendar here.
You can also buy calendars you can change daily (we have one from Melissa and Doug). I like my dollar store, poster board creation best.
We do our calendar each morning.
Brayden’s first grade teacher has a great addition to the calendar idea. She has three little arrows at the top of the calendar that can be moved. They say “yesterday” “today” and “tomorrow.” They move those words each day.
Count, count, count. Count everything. You can count arms as you put a shirt on. Count toes as you do bath time. Count the number of grapes on your plate.
I find counting magical. Since Brayden was a baby, I have used counting to maintain patience in the child.
When I clipped his fingernails, we counted each clip. I count so much.
It helps the child focus on counting rather than the fact that he has to sit still for three minutes. You can use this in cars, waiting rooms, etc. McKenna can count beyond twenty as a two year old–that is only because we count constantly.
See this post for more details on the different math activities.
These are three areas you can easily cover in your day to help your preschooler be ready for math in Kindergarten.