Families can play a fundamental role in encouraging learning and interest in mathematics. Family math has become a "buzz" term for any math opportunities that can be extended outside of the classroom. For good reason. Finding math in the home setting can help children see that math is more than just what is prescribed in a classroom. Math is part of everyday life. Finding it in our homes and our communities has so many benefits.
September 11, 2020
Stamping or imprinting with a homemade playdough recipe using everyday household items is an active way for children to explore the big ideas of shape.
How do you design a better picture book for children? How does consulting with families along with research help us to understand what makes educational children's books effective and engaging?
David Purpura, PhD, of Purdue University describes his team's research and intervention designed around picture books and their effectiveness in homes.
As children start using number words, they don’t always have a sense of what those words really mean. Early on, we guide children to develop a meaningful number sense by focusing on small numbers.
Putting groceries away is necessary work for families. Sharing this work with our children turns an everyday task into a hands-on shape activity.
Warm weather and more daylight hours mean now is a great time to take advantage of outdoor spaces. There are so many ways to incorporate math into your child’s outside activity.
Quantity is a particular amount of something, expressed as a number. Quantity cards for young children can have pictures of small sets such as dots, finger patterns, or 5- or 10- frames. The ones we have available on our site use a variety of pictures or "suits," since matching quantities such as fingers and dots can help develop ideas about equivalence.
Card games provide meaningful practice of the basic number combinations. These common card games that children learn in school or at home can be revisited many times and can be adapted to children’s own math skills as they develop over time.
En Español También. Do you remember enjoying fingerplay songs like 5 Little Monkeys or Un Elefante Se Balanceaba when you were young? You may not have realized that sharing these songs is a great way to bring math to life.
En Español También. Path games are fantastic ways for families to spend time together and have fun while doing math. Path games develop number sense, counting skills and, depending on children’s ages and the tools you use, computational fluency.