It is a well-known fact that maths is a vital skill in today’s technology world. Most of us are also already aware that the younger a child begins to learn the fundamentals of maths, the more they can absorb and achieve throughout their school years. For example, many children are being taught how to count before they enter pre-school. Early primary school years are now spent on addition and subtraction, with even doses of multiplication and division thrown in. While this may seem unfathomable to those of us who weren’t being taught these maths skills until later in the primary school years, science has proven that younger children are capable of absorbing much more than we can possibly teach them. Thus, it is important to begin maths tuition as early as possible.
Parents can augment a child’s maths skills by working with them before they can even talk. They can count in front of them; count fingers and toes on their baby; count people at the dining table; count cheerios; and watch learning shows on TV that teach and enhance early counting skills. All of these skills start to lay the foundation for being able to count ravenously and easily once the child can verbally communicate fluidly.
Once the child is able to talk voraciously, as we all know toddlers love to, begin to expose them to early maths tuition fundamentals such as number recognition, simple addition, and puzzles. Again by using everyday activities such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, and bathing, parents can help their child absorb how maths really is everywhere.
There are also more toddler-aged television shows that help to augment counting, number recognition, and simple maths skills. Additionally, incorporating computer games at the toddler age can accelerate the child’s learning and comprehension of maths skills. Today’s maths computer games are fun, engaging, and interactive. The child sees pretty, bright colors, appealing backgrounds, and child-oriented designs such as balloons, balls, and bears.
Let’s not forget that it is also very possible to grab a deck of cards and play Go Fish, Uno, War, or a variety of other “numbers-based” card games. Children absolutely love the focused attention of playing a game of cards with their parents, so much so that they don’t even notice that they are learning in the process. And what about those basic learning board games such as Hi Ho Cherry-O or Count Your Chickens? Hearing the squeals of delight when children play is a parent’s happiest memory. Make memories with your children and play with them. Sitting them in front of a TV or computer is good for variety, but doesn’t achieve the same memories and interactive learning results as adding cards or board games to the mix regularly.
Maths tuition is definitely not the boring, basic sit a desk and do maths drills all day type of scenario that it used to be. There are so many different ways for a parent to augment their young child’s maths skills and give them a leg up in their academic endeavors. Get out a board game or a deck of cards today.