Is Math really necessary for a preschooler? Does it have any significance in a young child’s life? As a parent or guardian of a preschooler, we are pretty sure that you may be asking yourself these questions. If you are wondering, why should preschoolers learn math, you’re at the right place.
The early learning experts at Kutuki have listed down reasons why Early Math is important for preschoolers. Read on to find out! If you are on the lookout for the right experts to get your child started on their preschool journey, join Kutuki’s Interactive Math Program today!
Here are the reasons why Early Math is important for preschoolers.
Here, There, Math is Everywhere!
At times, we do not realise that math is a part of our children’s everyday lives. Children often encounter experiences that require them to make mathematical decisions. Don’t believe us? Let’s think about wearing matching shoes or deciding which shoes fit, sorting toys on a shelf or sharing a birthday cake equally with friends. These everyday experiences require math-based decisions to arrive at a solution. This helps them organise the world around them. For preschoolers, it is best to connect math to everyday life and nudge them to make decisions through trial and error and experimentation. This will give them the confidence to approach any problem systematically and take decisions independently. Here are some examples of math activities that can be incorporated into your child’s daily life;
- Arrange books according to their height.
- Count the number of chocolates in the fridge.
- Sort clothes while doing laundry according to the type of clothing
- Cut a birthday cake into equal parts and share it among friends (Cutting a cake requires parental supervision)
- Help them pair their shoes and arrange them in your shoe rack.
Builds Conceptual Thinking
Let us suppose that your child learns numbers; merely rote counting from one to hundred will not help your child understand the concept of number, instead associating a quantity along with a number say ‘three apples’, ‘four cars’ helps them to make meaningful connections. Say you drop three objects of different sizes into the water a child observes that a few sink and the rest float and by this visual observation children learn the concept of size and weight. Math opens up arenas for children to conceptually understand several aspects unlike rote learning that focuses on memorization.
Builds Life Skills
Math is much more than a mere subject; it is a life skill. There are several activities like learning to read time, sorting objects or saving money in a piggy bank that help children in organizing the world around them and building essential life skills. These skills turn children into independent thinkers and problem solvers. Kutuki’s story titled ‘Sana and the Giant Stick’ teaches us how little Sana, when unable to reach the apple on a tree, makes a stick tall enough to reach the apple by putting smaller branches together. This math based story teaches children important concepts about estimation, length, measurement and most importantly the ability to use mathematical thinking to solve real life problems independently.
Several children develop a severe phobia towards math because they are conditioned to think of math as complex formulas and equations. Introducing math at an early age can help children develop a positive attitude towards math through constant experimentation, trial and error through everyday experiences. This will help them less fearful of the outcome and instead enjoy the process of applying mathematical thinking.
Predecessor For Success
Early educators believe that teaching math effectively contributes to your child’s academic success. Certain activities like counting, sorting, measuring, comparison may look simple, but they are foundational skills that contribute to academic success in the future. It can help children count faster, think critically, estimate the situation around them, answer logically and much more. At Kutuki, we ensure that through Kutuki’s Interactive Math Program your child has a strong foundation in math in a developmentally appropriate and interactive way.
Now that you know that Math is as important as reading skills in a preschool curriculum, it is crucial that you find the right early learning experts to guide your child in their learning journey. Kutuki’s Interactive Math Program is designed by India’s best early educators to ensure that learning is developmentally appropriate, practical and fun.