Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How To Teach Your Baby Math

How To Teach Your Baby Math

From the day your child is born they are learning about the world around them. It is proven that your child learns the fastest from birth to the age of two, then slows down but still absorbs knowledge at a fast pace. Up until the age of six, they have the ability to take in so much knowledge it is astounding,

Before baby can know the numeric numbers, they should be taught the concept of the number. Teach your baby the language of mathematics. Mathematics is not an practical body of knowledge but a language in which to think and reason.

The school system is not geared to teach your child mathematics as it should be taught. Most people think they are not good with math but if they were taught right, math would be their second language.

Math is a life skill, and teaching your child from an early age, the language of math gives them a great advantage. Your child will be ahead of the pack, as it also enhances reasoning skills and problem solving skills.

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How To Teach Your Baby Math At Home

Infants as young as 5 months, are able to concentrate and have the ability to decipher the difference between visual displays of numbers. 

Your child learned to speak English by you talking English to your baby. Now teach your baby math by talking math to your baby. Little ones love the language of math 

Surround your baby with the language of math, "Here are two toys for you to play with." "Are you bored with your two toys? Here is one more toy, now you have three toys."

"Here are two cookies, let us count them, one, two." "It is cold, let me give you more blankets. You already have one blanket, here is one more now you have two blankets. Let me put on one more. Now you have one, two, three blankets. Is the three blankets to heavy? Let me take one away, now you have two blankets.

This is called the language of math. Before your child is ready for adding they need to know how to count. Counting songs are great for this. It helps to teach them along with the math language what one is. 

Make or buy flash cards with dots on them. One dot, two dots and so on until fifty dots. Show this to your child saying one, two etc. You can get round stickers to stick on cardboard, you stick them on randomly.  

Have colorful toys, such as large blocks and tiles, sound-makers such as shakers, drums, wrist bells and so forth. This stimulates the brain and babies' senses.

Play Peek-a-boo with your baby, this helps baby become more observant and notice the similarities and differences between objects. This leads to a more advanced math concept like sorting and classifying. It also teaches baby that even though they cannot see you, you are still there.

Patty-cake teaches your baby about the mathematical concept called patterns.

Play this with your baby as often as you can. Do the actions with your baby. It introduces the concept that the world works in logical and predictable ways and helps baby become a logical thinker.

Get some wooden puzzle jigsaw pieces, The ones that baby has to put into shapes, this helps baby recognize shapes and spatial relationship skills that are critical for math. Help baby to put the correct puzzle pieces in and talk about the picture and colors. 

Sorting toys by color, types, and size gets the mind ready for mathematical concept of sets. Sorting anything is great and increases your baby's language. Soft toys to hard toys. plush toys and plastic toys, dolls and teddies etc.

Remember babies learn naturally by looking for patterns, simple activities stimulate their minds. Around six months of age, a baby is starts to interact with the world around him, and loves all things new and you can enhance that experience by interacting in your baby's world.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Teaching Your Preschooler At Home

Teaching Your Preschooler At Home

 The Most Important Thing to Be Teaching Your Preschooler  At Home Is

One of the most important things you must be teaching your preschooler is how to be a critical thinker. This will help your child all through life and will pass it on to their children.

You should try to get your child to become a person who wants to learn, who want to know why everything works a certain way and how it works. 

Here a few tips on how to obtain this goal for your child.
Just like reading and writing brings a world of knowledge to your child so does critical thinking, problem solving and a desire to learn more.

1. No unanswered questions. With a world of info at your finger tips, you should be able to get to the answer for your child. If your child asks a "I wonder why" question, you and your child can look it up.
Youtube has a broad range of videos that should be able to answer the question. Ask other questions around the subject such as "Is it like that all around the world? Does it change in the seasons?" This teaches your child to not only find answers but to ask questions as well.

2. Cultivate your child's natural interests. If they love reptiles, find ways to use it in maths, science and language. E.g A crocodile starts with a "C" sound, it has 4 legs and can run fast. Let your child count the legs. Your child can run fast, then slow, try to run on their hands and feet (Great for gross motor activities).

For art you can make a Crocodile Craft Paper Bag Puppet, or use egg boxes. There are a lot of places you can find ideas such as First School. Just google what you are looking for. As they say seek and you shall find.

You do not have to put it in every task, but you should incorporate it when you can.

3. Expose your child to as many appropriate experiences as possible. Go on field trips, take them to the park to meet other children. Take them to various restaurants to taste different foods or prepare foods from other countries if you can.

Let them listen to different types of music from classical to rock. Music from other countries. I always put that in with my themes. If we are having a look at Japan, include Japanese music and food. Try eating with chopsticks. Use chopsticks to pick up fuzz balls to count, or when matching colors. There are many ways of introducing other cultures and tastes to your child. 

Take your child to the post office so they can see how mail gets to you. Take them to the sweet factory if you can, look around and see how you can give them hands on knowledge to the questions they ask.

Take them to the library and let them take out books. Books may be outdated but they still are part of our world. Cultivating a love for books is opening a world of experiences that will never go away.

4. Have a place for everything. There must be a place just for school and a place to play. Your child will learn this is learning time and give their attention to learning. Make the place of learning interesting with pictures and books. 

It does not have to be a room, it can be a corner that is just for learning. It must not be in their bedroom as this just does not add to the atmosphere of learning. I have a section in my study that is divided for working and learning.

You will need children, a place to move, color, sing, dance, and work, Lots of paper, crayons, and a good format.

Learning is not always just done in the classroom. Baking is a great way to learn measurements, science, and art. Science is in the mixing of different ingredients, how you do not bake a cake with veggies and meat. Heat - to cold and the cake will not bake, to hot and the cake burns. 

Gardening is great for learning about how things grow, about bugs and shadows. Do we plant flowers up or down? (Spacial) How deep must the hole be? (Measurement) How is the sand, hard or soft, cold or warm, solid or liquid? (Tactile) 

How do bugs help? How do bugs harm? Why do we need bugs? You can even get an ant farm, or a  Live Butterfly Garden if you do not have a garden. You can plant herbs and flowers in small pots. There is a lot you can teach your child if you put your mind to it. 

Teaching Your Preschooler At Home can be fun and an adventure you both can enjoy. There are a lot of ideas for you all over the internet.

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