Beyond 1, 2, 3, 4…
Encourage creative problem-solving.
Problem-solving is the basis of good mathematical thinking, and the problems don’t have to involve numbers.
- “How many different ways are there to walk to school?”
- “What’s another way to arrange the furniture in this room?”
- “How many different ways can I measure flour to get half a cup?”
Try to come up with more than one solution for everyday problems.
Language Arts Tip
It is important that children know the names of objects in their environment; this is a base for future learning. You can gain insight into what your child knows by playing games. You might look at a picture or illustration and say, “Lets’s find all the apple trees, pine trees, water towers, movie theaters, ” and so on.
Complete homework assignments
Read your favorite book
Ask questions after reading a story that encourages your child to compare, contrast and evaluate. For example, read a story about the ocean and ask: What are some of the differences between a trench and a continental slope? A continental slope and continental shelf?