Separating red blocks from blue blocks, putting purple tennis balls into a purple basket and green ones into a green basket sounds like typical play for preschoolers. Actually, it is and much more. These ordinary fun activities are teaching these preschoolers about math.
For years, educators have known that if children know a variety of skills BEFORE they begin kindergarten, they will have a better chance for success in school. The State of Nevada and Nevada’s teachers have identified specific skills that are very important for preschoolers to know BEFORE they enter kindergarten. These basic skills are called concepts, and children need to learn them so that they can understand the more complicated parts of math and other school subjects.
Young children are naturally curious about math, which makes it much easier to teach them about the wonders and necessity of math in their lives. Children need to be exposed to math as part of their everyday experiences, and parents can provide them with the words and activities that will allow them to explore math.
Bixler, M., 2006, Pre-Kindergarten Math Concepts, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-06-91
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