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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