I decided to start a new theme here at Formula Mom so welcome to the Friday Five! Each Friday I will share five tips for teaching your child something new or for helping yourself improve! This week I wanted to share some tips as the teacher side of me!
There are a number of wonderful things you can help your child learn before he ever steps foot in a classroom. I previously discussed how to incorporate activities into your everyday life to help your child learn the colors. Another great thing you can teach your child is the numbers. If your child knows their numbers through 20 they will have a great start for kindergarten!
There are many easy ways to incorporate numbers into your everyday activities to encourage your child to count and learn!
Here are a few suggestions:
- Count around the house! Count everything you see! Count the number of buttons on your shirt. Count the number of crackers your daughter is eating for snack. Count the number of toy cars in your son’s toy box. Just count, count, count! You can also sort them into sets of equal numbers to practice grouping. If your daughter has a box of 64 crayons, help her count them into groups of 10 or 20. Just count everyday!
- Read counting books and books with numbers. There are a lot of great children’s books available that focus on counting. Some of my favorites include Chicka, Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr., Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle, and Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews.
- Make your own counting books. This is an activity I always did with my first grade students at the beginning of the year to review the numbers 1 – 20. You can make your own book with construction paper and yarn or a stapler. If you cut each sheet of construction paper in half you can make a book with a cover using only 6 sheets of paper! Have your child write or trace a number (in order) on each page. Then provide them with stickers or small paper shapes to glue on each page. Remember they will need enough items for each page! The page for 20 is always tricky! I learned quickly that if I was going to use different stickers it was best to save something like foil stars for the last page!
- Play “I Spy” no matter where you happen to be! This is a great game I liked to play with my students when we were waiting in the hallway. It’s a simple game. Look around the room you are in and start with “I spy with my little eye…” This is a great way to work with numbers because you can incorporate a variety of the lower numbers. For example, “I spy with my little eye five white circles.” Then it’s your child’s job to guess until they discover you were talking about the buttons on your shirt! This can be played anywhere!
- Get online. If you’re looking for online resources for your older preschool children, one of my favorite resources is ABCya.com. The Kindergarten activities page has some great number games including Connect the Dots, Fridge Magnets, and Putting Numbers in Numerical Order. Our children love technology from a young age and you can definitely use resources online to help your child learn!