Learning about numbers is incredibly important for a child’s development.
You might say it’s as essential as learning to read.
We see and use numbers hundreds of times a day. Without the right guidance, a child’s daily activities can be very confusing.
Don’t wait until they start school. You should begin teaching your child about numbers, what they are and how they work, from an early age.
There’s lots of ways to do this. We’ve compiled them into a helpful guide.
Make Them Aware of Numbers
It sounds simple – that’s because it is – but point out numbers to your child whenever you see them.
Numbers are everywhere. On the front of your home, on a calendar, on a clock. Even on the TV remote.
Over time they’ll begin to recognise what numbers are, and be able to spot them themselves.
Then they’ll learn exactly what number it is they’re looking at. Doing this constantly will help them retain this knowledge.
Don’t overcomplicate it. Stick to numbers 1-5, or 6-10 at a push. Until they get a little older.
Count with Them Whenever You Can
Try to spot scenarios where you can help your child count numbers.
Getting groceries out of the bag? Count the number of apples you take out. Putting away laundry? Count the number of socks you have.
And ask your child to help you count as well. If they get stuck, lead the way, but otherwise try to get a measure of their counting abilities.
Again, you don’t need to count to three hundred and forty two – stick to single digits for now, and then explain the concept of double digits later.
Teach Them Songs with Numbers In
One of the easiest ways to remember information is to put it in a song.
This doesn’t go away as you get older. In fact, it’s a good revision technique kids use when they take their exams.
Luckily, there are lots of kids songs already out there that are numbers-focused.
Songs such as “Ten Green Bottles”, “Three Blind Mice” and “Five Little Ducks” are just a few examples.
Sing these to your children from a young age, and as they get older and begin speak, encourage them to join in.
Not only are they learning, but they’re having fun too!
Adding and Subtracting (When They’re a Little Older)Helping Your Child Learn Numbers
Once they reach the ages of four and five, kids can begin learning the nature of adding and subtracting.
Give them a few very simple scenarios, using objects you have, to demonstrate how it all works.
For example, if you have three toy cars, and take one away, how many toy cars are there left?
Parents who do this at home give their kids a much better chance of succeeding at nursery and school.
Obviously their nursery practitioners and/or teachers will go through this sort of thing – it’s their job! But a little preparation is bound to benefit your child’s development.
If you have any questions about aiding your child’s learning, don’t hesitate to speak to one of our staff members.