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I never really thought about the fact that math is everywhere. I paid for groceries at the grocery store…that was math. I worked on the unit yesterday and calculated drugs for my patients…that was math. I could site numerous examples of how math is a daily part of our lives. So it’s important that children learn math at an early age.
My son loves to learn. While I think every parent would say that about their child, my son literally asks me on a daily basis to help him complete his lessons, or read stories, or sing the alphabet. He loves to learn (did I already say that?). And who knew that by teaching him how to count that he’d be learning math.
LeapFrog, a company that designs and develops “innovative, technology-based educational products,” recently released Math Adventure to the Moon (in partnership with Lionsgate Home Entertainment). I’m particular about the content my son views and decided to watch this before I showed it to him. The DVD takes children and their parents on “an educational and entertaining mission to the moon where they learn early math skills like counting, sorting and addition with their friends Tad, Lily, and Edison.” Not only does it show children how much math is incorporated into our daily lives, it makes learning math fun. Apart from the fact that I thought it was a bit too long (I would have liked it under 30 minutes and it’s 38 minutes), I was surprised at how much I liked the DVD. As I write this, I’m singing the LeapFrog Learning Path Song in my head (it’s very catchy). Here is a recap of the DVD from the site:
Tad and Lily need the perfect collection of things to take to school for their math assignment. When they finally decide on moon rocks, there’s just one problem–how will they get them? WIth some magical help from their firefly friend, Edison, they board a rocket ship to start their quest. Soon the twins learn that math is everywhere, even in outer space! Watch as they use their skills in counting, sorting, skip counting and recognizing patterns to overcome obstacles, find new friends and make the trip back to Earth!
My son knows how to count (in both English and Spanish) but we haven’t introduced him to sorting, skip counting, or pattern recognition. I actually think this is a great DVD for parents to begin teachinbg children math. The video could be a great starting point for expounding on these topics. My son really enjoyed the video, particularly the characters who are simply adorable. I like the introduction to math concepts. Here are some math tips, from the site:
TIP #1: Math is everywhere!
Next time you’re in a waiting room with your child, scan the room (or the magazines on the tables) for evidence of “math.” Advise your child to find as much math as possible, and you can give clues if you need to. Numbers, patterns, shapes, categories, and measuring devices (e.g., ruler, scales), are just a few examples of some of the math you might see all around you!
TIP #2: Patterns and Codes are All Around Us!
Make patterns using standard household objects. For example line up repeated objects–sock, stuffed animal, sock, stuffed animal, and so on. Next, ask your child to continue the pattern to figure out the “secret code.” You can vary the difficulty of the pattern to suit your child’s ability–banana, banana, pear, banana, banana, pear. You can also make deliberate errors that your child needs to find–pear, apple, bananna, pear, apple, banana, pear, pear, banana.
TIP #3: Play the Sorting Game!
Take a deck of cards, and discuss with your child all the ways you can sort the cards. They can be sorted by color (red versus black), suit (spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs), numbers (2’s, 3’s, etc.), royalty versus numbers (jacks, queens, and kings versus the numbers), odd versus even numbers, etc. Sky is the limit! You can play the sorting game with many collections of things around the house, such as socks and building blocks.
TIP #4: Make it a game night!
Playing number-related, age-appropriate board games, such as Chutes and Ladders, can help support many math-related skills. For an important twist, help your child practice saying each number he or she lands on and passes by with each roll of the dice. For example, if your child is on 23 and rolls a four, help him or her say “24, 25, 26, 27” instead of “1, 2, 3, 4.” This way, your child can learn about order and magnitude (i.e., how large or small a number is in relation to other numbers).
TIP #5: Count-down for Launch! (My son LOVES doing this!)
You and Your Kids can pretend to be rocket ships set for launch. Practice counting down to blast-off! You can make the challenge as easy or difficult as you want remembering that you don’t have to start counting down from 10. You and your kids can count down by ones (e.g., 17, 16, 15, 14…) or Practice counting by 2’s (e.g., 25, 23, 21, 19…)! For advanced math students, try multiples (e.g., 21, 18, 15, 12…)!
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