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Make Learning Math a Game Your Child Loves to Play

We all know that one plus one equals two. Now, think of how your child’s understanding grows the more you spend time doing small math activities with him or her. One math problem yesterday plus one math problem today equals comprehension tomorrow!

Where to start?

In early childhood, care and education go hand in hand, so… roll up your sleeves and get ready to play!

In early childhood, care and education go hand in hand, so… roll up your sleeves and get ready to play!

Parents often focus on helping their young children learn to read but don’t spend as much time on math concepts. That may be because they are unsure of what to do, are worried about teaching the wrong thing, or just don’t have time. But spending even a few extra minutes each week on math activities outside of school can make a big difference in your child’s success in learning this important subject. When you do any kind of math-related activities at home with young children they are better prepared for mathematics when they enter elementary school, and their performance will only get better through middle school, high school, and beyond!

For example, math is easier to love when there are some tasty results. One way to cook up some math skills and help growing students learn is by heading to the kitchen with your child!

Preparing food is an activity connected to many math topics, including counting, measuring, and shapes. When the child is very young, set him or her up in a place where he or she can watch you, and talk to him or her as you work using math words wherever appropriate.

“I’m going to pour batter into this rectangular pan.”

“We’re going to put three cups of flower into the mixing bowl.”

“We made one sandwich for everyone in the family—one, two, three, four, five!”

When the child is old enough to help, you can continue teaching mathematics by asking him or her to measure out and count quantities, set the table with the right number of place settings, and more.

The real world is filled with fun games that can help you become a great math teacher to your child and guide him or her in understanding the concepts that are most important.

Outside of the kitchen, you can also look to ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy for educational games that will strengthen your little student’s understanding of mathematical concepts and improve their skills. The ABCmouse curriculum offers hundreds of learning games and other interactive activities that teach math, from identifying numbers and quantities to solving word problems. Children can also learn how to recognize simple shapes and patterns, an important first step toward learning geometry.

Since all the math activities are designed to be engaging and fun, learning is an actual game—stories, puzzles, songs, art activities, and more! From arithmetic to logic games, number sense, and problem solving, children can spend as much time as they wish or need on any particular topic of the math curriculum.

Remember, little by little, day after day, all that time spent learning math adds up!