Doing Math is like having a feast with numbers and then solving the web they create around you. Loving numbers and hence enjoying Math starts from a very young age, as young as a preschooler. There are many fun ways to introduce this subject and make a child get comfortable with numbers.
This article provides some of the easy tools you as a teacher or a parent can use to teach Math.
Tangrams – It is an ancient Chinese puzzle which can be used to effectively develop skill and knowledge in Math. This puzzle comprises of seven pieces, of different shapes and sizes, and the user has to use these pieces to form varied figures. These could be figures of animals, people and objects. Teaching kids different shapes is quite effective through tangrams, forming shapes is a challenge and develops innovative thinking in young minds. It can be effectively used as an introduction to Geometry and can be started quite early as an educative math tool.
Flashcards – The web defines flashcards as a set of cards which carries information, numbers or words on both sides and are used to reinforce facts or teach new ideas or as a part of classroom drills. Number flashcards can be used in the kindergarten itself to teach numbers, place values among others. With little older kids flashcards can be used to teach the four basic operations in Math, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Calendars – Calendars in printable forms showing months and other important United States and international holidays is a useful math tool to teach preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary students. You can take your own printable form too, mentioning your chores and activities. Children learn numbers, days of the week, days in a month and counting numbers as well. They get additional information on the number and name of months and the different seasons.
Graphs – This is another favorite tool which can be used to teach the basics of statistics, data analysis and probability. Simple events in the kids life like the number of members in their family, the number of teeth they have lost, number of friends’ birthday in each month can be used to plot graphs. It teaches kids to collect, organize and represent data.