I love math. I love numbers and logic and everything that makes rational, analytical sense. I know lots of people don’t like math, but it’s important to me that my kids learn to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the mathematical world (almost as important as it is that they learn to love books and reading).
However, I also recognize that there needs to be some sort of epiphany before mathematical laws which are self-evident to an adult become apparent to a child. Understanding numbers and counting can be hard for young children. Sometimes it’s not obvious to a child that 12 should come after 11 or that 12 means 10 and then 2 more. Sometimes there exists some sort of mental block that makes a child say, “I can count to 126.” My own son is at the point that he knows 189 comes after 188, but he doesn’t know what comes after 988. That’s just too big of a number for him to even begin to comprehend.
These are some of the material and activities I’ve used to help kids make connections on their own. These activities allow them to understand how numbers are formed and gain experience working with numbers and counting in ways that are fun.
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