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Patterns & Songs To Help Your Children Ages 3-7 Learn Math
It’s been a super HAPPY math week for us at PLAY MATH. We helped a little sweetie pie gain confidence in her math skills by having a “Pattern Hunt” at the local park.
Then a teacher from Vancouver asked if we could affordably do a Play Math training for her school and I thought, we can do it via webinar. So we are DOING IT! We are teaching the 5 Simple Steps of Play Math LIVE Wednesday November 18th 6 pm Pacific.
Tell all your teachers let’s do this. Psychologists and school counselors may wish to attend as well. Several clinicians like my friend Dr. Kim Palmiotto have played Math with kids. It is a nice niche for your clinical practice. AND it makes kids happy!
In the meantime here are two activities from our next book 70 Play Activities For Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior you can do in order to introduce numeracy in a way the brain understands.
Power up the patterns.
Patterns are a fundamental part of math. Patterns are also really pretty. Consider traditional colored wood building blocks such as square, square, circle, circle. A child can lay down colored blocks, such as blue square, blue square, red circle, red circle and they have the elements of a pattern that is seen throughout math education in elementary school. Blue square, blue square, red circle, red circle, could be read as 1, 1, 2, 2. Move the blocks around to read blue square, red circle, blue square, red circle and the pattern could read, 1, 2, 1, 2. You can even make patterns with stickers, crayons or magnets. Playing with patterns is a math activity that builds on a child’s innate sense of numeracy.
Sing a song.
Human beings are innately musical and mathematical. Even infants love music. New research shows that singing to an infant calms them longer than talking to them. Music has rhythm, beats and measures are math. Simply singing, marching, drumming and clapping are beneficial math activities for early learners. Remember, rhyming is not just for preschool, first – third graders, feel more confident singing with movement, adding hand gestures or large motor movement, makes rhyming a math activity. Want to change things up? Lay down the musical beat and then mirror count or skip count fact families.
Here is a helpful list of rhyming songs to get you started:
Ants go marching
Down by the bay
Twinkle twinkle little star
Itsy bitsy spider
The muffin man
This old man
Hope to hear you at the Play Math Training.
Together, we can improve the trajectory of children’s math skills.