Why It’s Important to Talk Maths With Kids
Do you speak maths with your kids?
Many of us feel completely comfortable talking about letters, words and sentences with our children—reading to them at night, helping them decode their own books, noting messages on street signs and billboards.
But speaking to them about numbers, fractions, and decimals? Not so much. And yet studies show that “number talk” at home is a key predictor of young children’s achievement in maths once they get to school.
Though it may not come naturally at first, parents can develop the habit of talking about numbers as often as they talk about letters and words. Some simple ways to work numbers into the conversation:
Note numbers on signs when you’re walking or driving with children: speed limits and exit numbers, building addresses, sale prices in shop windows.
Ask children to count how many toys they’re playing with, how many books they’ve pulled out to read, or how many pieces of food are on their plate.
Use numbers when you refer to time, dates, and temperatures: how many hours and minutes until bedtime, how many weeks and days until a holiday, the high and low the weatherman predicts for that day.
With older children, maths can become a part of talking about sports, science, history, video games, or whatever else they’re interested in.
With practice, parents and children alike will find that math makes a very satisfying second language. (from Mindshift)
Some food for thought
Until next week,