Home is the best place for children to learn math because it is filled with people, play and everyday activities that are great for growing their math thinking and skills. Young children learn early math best when others are nearby to guide, talk and play with them — just like Gara is doing as she plays with a shapes puzzle at home with Hendrix, her daughter.
Hendrix is doing a shapes puzzle with her mom, Gara.
She lays the pieces on top of the puzzle but isn’t able to place them into the correct places.
She begins to push harder on the triangle piece to fit it into a square space.
Gara takes the triangle piece from her and puts it into the correct space.
Hendrix smiles and gives Gara another piece.
Try Our “Math Talk”-o-Meter!
The more you talk with your child about shapes, the more your child’s understanding and skills will grow. These simple conversations are so important that we created a fun “Math Talk”-o-Meter below for you to use to reflect on how often your family talks about shapes together.
Along with talking about math in everyday activities, your child might also benefit from specific activities that are focused on shapes. On the next page, we share several simple, fun ideas for you and your child to enjoy.
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