Teaching basic math concepts to your preschool children can be a fun and rewarding experience. You can give them a head start on their formal schooling by playing math games with them so that they learn basic math principles in a fun, relaxed setting before they ever enter a classroom. 5 brain abilities to Solve Problems

At the preschool level, a child needs to see and experience concepts in a concrete way in order to fully understand them. Small children are still at a mental level where they think in very concrete terms. Anything that’s abstract just doesn’t compute. With that in mind, you can best teach math with manipulative–that is, objects that a child can see and touch.

A good place to start is with counting manipulative, which come in various shapes and sizes. You can find counting bears, bugs, cars, farm animals, and more. Whatever shape you choose, they should come in several different colors. You can use these to practice counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, categorizing, sequencing, and more. Brain-Based Learning for Kindergarten Kids

With counting manipulative on hand, you can now make a game of teaching addition. First, give your child 2 green bears and ask them to tell you how many they have. Then count out 2 more blue bears, placing them in your child’s hand with the green ones. Have your child tell you how many they have now. This simple process teaches them basic addition concepts with no stress or pressure!

Subtraction is just as easy. This time give your child 3 bears, then take one away and give it to your child’s stuffed animal (or yourself!). Narrate these actions out loud. After you give the bear away, ask your child how many bears they have left. It’s as simple as it can be, and yet so effective! Motivating children to learn math

Sequencing can be illustrated by making patterns with your bears. Line up several bears in a particular color order, such as red, blue, yellow; then red, blue, yellow; then red and blue, leaving off the last yellow bear. Now ask your child what color should come next. Do this several times, and then have your child create a sequencing puzzle for you.

You can teach all your basic concepts with a set of colorful counters that will cost you just a few dollars! When you play these games, make sure your child knows he or she is learning math, so early on they associate math with fun. And you will help them build a solid foundation in addition, subtraction, patterns, and more before your child ever starts formal schooling.

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