How an early intro to math helps your kids later
For example, a landmark 2007 study showed that preschool math lessons in a program funded by the National Science Foundation failure showed remarkable score improvements, helping young children develop mathematics knowledge that reduced future risk of school failure. And a massive research initiative from 2011 analyzed data from more than 16 thousand children comparing activities or traits thought to be influential in determining a child’s future success potential; the researchers concluded that no other metric influenced success more than early math skills. More research in 2012 and a 2013 NIH-funded study supported these other studies’ results, showing that elementary-or-earlier math learning set a foundation for later math success.
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How to make math fun
First, don’t forget that math happens all around our kids everyday:
- Division for a first grader sound impossible? If a TV show starts in 3 minutes and there are 3 kids who get a turn with a toy before the show starts, most 7-year-olds can figure out that each child gets one minute with the toy.
- Splitting up a pizza or desert pie is a great way to teach fractions, such as one fourth or one sixth.
- Teaching addition and subtraction can be fun on a long drive using the mile-marker signs, using concepts of how many miles to go or how many you’ve traveled since the state’s border.
- Math is Fun, predictably, is the perfect website to start. It organizes math activities by subject and by age group, from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
- Make Learning Math Fun, an article on Parent.com’s site, offers great tips too.
- Check out the Math Subject Center at EducationWorld.com.
- Cool Math Games is a site with countless online games that teach math in a fun and competitive way. Unfortunately the games aren’t organized by age or grade, so you’ll have to play a few yourself to determine if they are right for your child.
- For your pre-Kindergartner, check out this site, with more than 30 math games and exercises for the younger set.