The importance of teaching maths to young children
Making sure that your pre-schooler has foundations in mathematics from a very young age is crucial to their academic success in the future. Becoming familiar with the processes involved, even with very simple sums, your little learner has all the basic school-ready maths skills they will need in order to be confident in class.
Hands-on and activity based learning programs are best for teaching maths to pre-schoolers. Counting, addition and subtraction by using toys or colourful blocks are representative and figurative. By seeing the physical placement of objects and removing or adding to a group of objects, your child can already begin to comprehend the beginnings of more complex mathematics.
Maths is all around
Luckily your little learner will be exposed to mathematical problems and solutions in life, without even realising it… Mathematics is everywhere, and it presents in many of the activities that your child will do for fun on a daily basis!
- Stacking blocks (balance, symmetry, size, shape, spatial awareness)
- Filling-up cups in the bath (capacity, displacement, volume, full, empty)
- Stacking rings (comparison, size increments, seriation)
- Pat-a-cake (sequence, patterns, fast, slow)
- Peek-a-boo (object permanence)
Maths in preschools and early learning centres
Modern preschools and early learning centres offer some of the best resources for your child to learn – and enjoy learning – mathematics. With arts and crafts tables, active play, sandpits, water play and numerous other learning aids you can be sure your children are going to get the best opportunities and encouragement when it comes to learning essential school-ready skills.
Setting a great example in the world of early learning are the innovative Cherry Bridge Station Centres in NSW. Here children from 0-5 years can attend age appropriate classes that teach a wide range of school-readiness skills. Maths and music activities are among just some of the fun things included in the curriculum, and for younger babies; sensory development, sounds, words and motor skills are the main aim of the programs, all of which are based on fun, activity based learning.
You are your child’s first teacher, have fun
Regardless of whether you are enrolled into one of these state-of-the-art centres or not, you can still involve your toddler in many maths based activities at home, or doing day-to-day activities.
- Making cupcakes
- Counting steps on the stairs
- How many apples in the basket?
- Big car, small car
- Fingers and toes
- Bedtime rhymes… and the list goes on.
Maths is all around us, in everything that we do, and you are your child’s first teacher, so have fun and enjoy every precious mathematical moment.