Before my children were school-age, I tried to find fun ways to introduce math to them on their levels. As many parents, I worked with them counting toys, toes, fingers, snacks, and so forth. This began what I hoped would become a love for numbers and math. I also let my small children help in the kitchen by dumping ingredients into mixing bowls when I was cooking. We would count ingredients.
When my children got to school age, we began counting higher. We would count trees, flowers, dogs, cats, cars that we saw as we walked or drove somewhere. We also began adding things together. “If I have two apples and there are five people who want apples, how many more do we need?” It started by counting from two to five. It evolved to number problem solving. As my children have moved through math at school incorporating addition, … Read more