How Can I Help My Child Excel in Math?
Understanding basic math from a young age is important, and having a grasp of such skills from the start will help your child excel in elementary school and beyond. Here are some important ways to help your preschool-aged child do well in math in everyday life.
Enroll Your Child in the Right Program
One of the best ways to set your child up for success in math and other subjects is to start them off on the right foot with a full-day pre-k program. A good preschool program will give them a head start in math and other subjects. In fact, according to the Department of Education, children who attend full-day pre-k programs do better in math and literacy than those who only attend 2.5- or three-hour preschool programs.
Practice Math in Everyday Life
Math is everywhere. When we cook, we use math to measure ingredients. When we go to the grocery store, we use math to count costs and figure out discounts. Let your child work on the math with you. Cook together and measure things out together. When you go to the grocery store, talk about money and how change is calculated. There are opportunities everywhere to count and talk about math with your child. Walking up and down steps can even turn into a counting game!
Express a Positive Attitude Toward Math
Don't make the mistake of expressing your disdain toward math in front of your child. Staying positive about math is best. You are your child's biggest role model, so let them see you doing math and talk about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Work closely with your child's preschool teacher to ensure they're off to a great start.
Ask other family members to stay positive about math in front of your child, too. All it takes is one person to say, “I have never been good at math" or "I hate math” to derail a child.
The most important thing you can do to ensure that your child excels in math is to enroll them in a pre-k program. The program should be committed to academic excellence and using a proven curriculum. Contact Bethesda Reggio Preschool today to learn more about our enrollment process!