How much thought is given to mathematics in early childhood? While the benefits of reading to young children have been widely publicized, there has not been a lot of attention given to the development of math concepts early in life. Playing with blocks, shape sorters, exploring their world and interacting with others give them the experiences that they will build on once they arrive at school. Experts caution that too much screen time takes time away from these valuable play experiences.
Lego and similar products provide such rich learning opportunities because children become so engaged in playing with them that any new knowledge they acquire is just bonus by-product (in their minds!)
A gentle reminder – as mentioned in creating a lifelong reader, fun is the name of the game. Even though you are training an efficient thinker, the most important thing is the fun and sense of connection between the members of the family.
The specific math skills below naturally occur during play, but have been presented in a manner that can be used by homeschooling parents and teachers.
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