You're Getting Bigger
1. If your child understands how to sort things, it’s time to work on patterns. Use some silverware when you are doing the dishes. Fork, spoon, fork, spoon,_____ (what comes next?) Make it harder as your child gets better. Use a variety of household objects.
2. Find patterns around the house: on a quilt, wallpaper, calendar, etc.
3. Sort and count change. Start by counting the number of coins you have, not the value.
4. When you are in a grocery store with your child, ask them to read the price, weight or any numbers on the product. When able, have them pick out one or two items to pay for. For older children, see if they can estimate the price. $1.98 is close to $2.00. $3.76 is close to $4.00. $2.00 plus $4.00 is $6.00. Do I have enough money?
5. Have your child read a recipe and plan a grocery list. Then have them measure using cups, teaspoons, etc. Cut the cooked dish into equal portions and talk about fractions. If you cut a pizza into six pieces, one piece is 1/6 of the pizza. It’s all math!!