Just making a ‘toy’ like these triangles available to your young child builds creativity, to say nothing of the math concepts it actually teaches through the playing. That’s what I admire so much about the Montessori approach.
Here’s a mom’s top 10 recommendations for preschool learning apps for the smartphone or tablet. I really like her approach: since there’s almost no way around the fact that this technology is going to be part of their lives, harnass it to provide a learning experience rather than solely an entertainment experience.
Sneak in some summer math along with rock play! Paint the rocks together- any toy they’ve helped to create will be more ‘attractive’ and get used. You’ll probably have to add the numbers and symbols, but your child will still be invested in those rocks. Then, the math fun can begin.
There’s lot of ways to play with these that teach a range of math concepts: bigger and smaller, matching numbers to their meaning (the count of the symbols), putting numbers together to make bigger numbers ( a 2 and a 4 makes 24), and if you make enough rocks, simple addition and subtraction.
Before you or your child knows it, lots of math has been learned and practiced.
As the saying goes- ‘There’s an App for That!” And now there really is. An app that will help preschoolers explore emotions and feelings with these animals and different scenarios that evoke different responses. All without verbal communication, just facial cues- exactly what kids need to learn to ‘read’.
Our kids don’t learn to read just so they can read– it’s important because reading is the key to much knowledge and learning.
And that learning can start very early when we read to and with our kids, and should influence the choice of at least some of the books we choose. As we strive to teach our young ones about good behavior, books can help.
They may laugh at the ‘bad’ behavior of characters in books, but they still recognize it for what it is. These books create teachable moments and talking points to help our kids learn more than just how to read.