“But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.”
― René Descartes, French-born Philosopher, Mathematician, and Scientist
Young children often utilise a range of mathematical concepts such as creating or finding patterns and classifying objects daily while interacting with their environment. Little do they know that these experiences form the basis of their mathematical thinking and reasoning skills, which are needed later in life.
For example, here is a small video of children learning the difference between roll and slide, and how various objects have a tendency to roll or slide according to their shape, be it a sphere, a cylinder or a rectangular prism.
Such lessons can be learnt with the Disney.BYJU’S Early Learn app, which may help young children develop a strong grasp over the fundamentals of mathematics through its interactive, personalised program.
A paper published by Douglas Clements in 2001 mentions a couple of reasons for intentionally teaching mathematics to preschoolers. He is the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Denver. Also, early exposure to mathematics will foster a positive attitude towards the subject.
A paper published in the Early Childhood Education Journal mentions that while teaching mathematics to young children, teachers and parents need to ask open-ended questions in a scaffolded manner, i.e. breaking up the learning into chunks and adding structure to each chunk to help them make sense of mathematics through meaningful tasks.
Mathematics should be a part of young children’s everyday lives. We should also ensure that learning happens naturally as the child explores its environment.
Asking such questions to young children, and listening to their answers and reasoning will help children see mathematics positively. These are simple, effective, and developmentally sensitive strategies that will help children develop early mathematical skills.
Parents should start off gently by asking a couple of questions and ensure that these questions are a part of the conversation and not interrogations. Overdoing or asking questions constantly may not be the best way of taking this forward and may lead to resistance from the child.
Did you know these strategies before? Are you excited to try it out at home? Do you have anything that you would like to share with other parents? Let us know in the comments below.
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