Right at this point, your little one has developed many basic math skills! He went from simply recognizing and anticipating routines, to understanding that, when he counts, he must relate an object to a number. Now, the time has come to reinforce these skills as much as you can while having fun!
You can see how your little one is using his brain to play around with the concepts of parts and wholes and uses his abilities to see math in his everyday life. Now is the time to reinforce his counting abilities as well.
Mathematical thinking it’s an important skill that your child will need in school and in everyday life. It’s also a way of learning numerical skills and solve problems later on in life. Why? The ability to find patterns and the development of logical thinking has a direct impact on your little one’s cognitive flexibility and problem-solving skills.
Let us tell you a little bit more about the concepts your son will learn during this stage:
- He will now start to classify using more information at hand. At this point, he’ll probably know the name of shapes and colors. This will help him start classifying objects into different categories in a more sophisticated way.
- He can now play matching games. He will not only be able to recognize the differences between objects but also their similarities. He will able to understand how to pair different objects.
- He will play with collections of things. He might collect rocks, leaves, or whatever he finds interesting. He will count them and let you know how many he has.
How can you help him during this stage?
- Take him out for a walk. He can start to use his counting abilities everywhere! He can count the petals on a flower or the insects you see on the sidewalk.
- Use math rhymes or create your own number song. This way you can help him learn the correct order of the numbers, while also having fun and practicing language skills.
One of the best ways for your little one to learn new concepts is by relating them to everyday experiences. This will keep him interested, while also helping him store the information in a place that it’s easier for him to retrieve it from. Making connections to preexisting concepts or emotions will help him accomplish significant learning. So, make math fun and relatable! This will increase his desire to learn and keep him curious!
Whole Child Parenting by The Whole Child Parenting Program was consulted.