- Math is all around you.
Every time you measure ingredients for a recipe, estimate how long something will take, count your change, notice patterns in a tiled floor, read a thermometer, or follow directions to a location, you use math to get the job done.
- Talk with your child about the math you use.
Share what you are thinking — your reasoning and how you figure things out — when you do something in your day that involves math. Look for ways your child can take part.
- Build a "can-do" attitude toward math.
Your child learns from your behaviors. Use your everyday math experiences as proof that math is everywhere and we can all be successful with it.
- Being wrong can help you be right.
Make a mistake? Talk with your child about what you think happened or where you went wrong. Your reasoning will help your child see that mistakes can be learning opportunities.
If you feel tense and frustrated doing math with your child, take a break. Remind yourself that your job is not to "teach," but to motivate, to nurture a positive attitude, and to offer whatever supports that you can.
Math Tips courtesy of: PBS Parents
Foundations of Math for Young Children
Mini Math Workshop:
Math for Young Children
Resources for Families
Parent Guide to Starting Kindergarten
Pierce County Library
Getting School Ready Guides
Ten Simple Ways to Help your Child Learn
Child Profile Development Charts
Parents – Early Learning
Washington State Department
of Early Learning
Resource and Referral of Tacoma-Pierce County
to Parenting Resources
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