Jaylah Rylie April 28, 2020 Number Worksheets
I can't stress enough the importance of reading your child. I didn't say reading TO your child, although that is important. But read your own child. Pay attention to body language, facial expressions, shoulder shrugs, sighs of frustration. We don't want any of these to happen. We want smiles, happiness, excitement at success, a posture of pride not defeat. And never, never, never, allow boredom to set in. Your child will let you know when enough is enough. Just be sure you are listening or watching for it; and then respond immediately. "You have really done terrific, but let's take a break. What would you like to do?"
To start understanding the meaning of numbers, physically act out what you mean by the instruction "show me two blocks." Showing your child what you want is called "modeling" and is an important skill and learning tool. Children are just learning language so do not yet depend on it. Show your child what the words mean. This helps their language skills and avoids number errors. Start having your child show you numbers of identical items. These might be items from their toy chest, items from the kitchen, items in coloring books, items from their dresser, etc.
Stay away from Baby Einstein and My Baby Can Read. Both of these programs require time in front of the TV when the child is still very young. Brain research is showing us that this is not good for our children. In addition, the time spent on those would be better spent on establishing a successful math foundation. School children enter school with sufficient language skills and reading readiness. We do not need to spend more time in those areas. That time needs to be spent on understanding numbers.
Repeat this process with "2" and then "3" and so on. Do not work very long at one time-5 to 10 minutes-unless your child asks to do more. You may repeat this several times a day, but only for about 10 minutes at a time. You can also expand this pointing at numbers to outside the home while walking around the block looking at addresses and license plates. Numbers are everywhere, your child just needs to looks for them. If your child can start saying the name "There's a 4!" That's exciting. Be excited!
Learning to count is the beginning of your child's familiarity with numbers. Babies generally get their first introduction to numbers and counting through the books we read to them. Many of these early books introduce letters, colors, numbers, object names, etc. As the child gets older, parents tend to move to books with a heavier language focus and away from math-based books. My suggestion to you is to make your book choices equally balanced between language and math-related topics. Also, look for ways to incorporate counting into the other books you read to your child.
As you are reading books to your child that deal with numbers, the books will start introducing the next necessary issues related to numbers: the actual quantities and the symbols and words used for those numbers. Knowing how to say the words one through ten and knowing the correct order of those words is just the beginning of the work with numbers.
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