A question that many parents ask is when they should begin teaching their childmath. I found an article that helps to answer this question. The article is from GoArticles.com and was written by Thomsen Lucas.
Math toys help to improve counting ability
Pre-school children needs to learn simple mathematics and most often the onus falls on parents to begin the procedure. It is here that many parents fail because they don’t know where to start from or how to make counting interesting and interactive for their children. Nowadays however there is help at hand since there are lots of creative teaching tools that are available in the market. One of the most interactive approaches that can help your kid learn simple mathematics is math toys. Starting from simple addition to subtraction these toys enable your child to learn counting effectively. The great thing about these toys is it encourages the child to play a game of numbers. As the child enjoys the game he also learns different concepts of mathematics in the process. So these counting toys enable your child to play and learn at one go.
Different types of math toys (in Danish matematik legetøj) are made that are targeted at children of various age groups. When you allow your child to play with counting toys he becomes familiar with numbers and other simple mathematical problems. As he makes progress you can give him toys of higher level. These toys help in the development of mathematical reasoning. It also develops cognitive skills. In this way children can prepare themselves early in life which helps them in the future.
Apart from counting your kid also has to develop his motor skills and for this purpose there are motor toys. When your child starts playing with these toys he improves on his motor skills. When you buy motor skill development toys make sure that these conform to the age of your kid. Toys that are age inappropriate will be of no use because if your child finds them uninteresting he won’t play with them. This will nullify the very purpose for which you had bought the toy.
The process of development of motor skills should be initiated from a very early age. It is better if you start from the age of one month. This means you have to take the leading role in playing with your child. Teach your child to grasp and grip the motor toys (in Danish motorisk legetøj). Toys that can intrigue your child can be great. Gradually teach him to pick toys and throw (some toys are meant to be played in this way). Stack toys help to sharpen motor skills and for creativity there are construction toys. Always be with your child when he plays and allow him to take his own time to play.
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So the answer according to Mr. Lucas is you can start right after they’re born – beginning at one month of age.
And then of course you’ve read about the parents that teach their child math while still in the womb? That’s another post!
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