Numeracy skills play a big role in a child’s life. Literacy and education are incomplete without numeracy skills. Children below five years old are at their peak and this is the time when they can absorb and retain basic numeracy skills more efficiently. And as they grow learning numbers becomes easier for them.
So what are numeracy skills?
Simply put it is the ability of a person to use and understand numbers which include knowing basic subtraction, addition, division and multiplication. Many a time in life, one faces mathematical demands and basic numeracy skills are what get us through. The lack of knowledge of numbers can have a negative impact on our lives.
So, start early and equip your child with the much needed numeracy skills. Make numbers fun for them and the best part is you can teach them anytime and anywhere!
Here are some tips that can make learning math fun and simple for your child:
1) Games are the best way to teach them mathematics at home – cards, dominoes and other board games like Ludo and Snakes & Ladders that involve counting can come quite in handy.
2) Ask your kids to count their pocket money at the end of every month. How much did they get, how much did they spend and how much did they save?
3) Make going to school also a game of mathematics. Your school starts at 8:00 a.m. You need to reach by 7:45 and your home is 30 minutes away. So, what time do you need to leave to reach by 8:00? Let them figure these out on their own and in the meanwhile learn too!
4) While travelling ask your children to notice car numbers and to add them up as quickly as they can.
5) Get a packet of Gems and empty the contents. Let your child count how many candies of each colour are there. For example how many reds and how many yellows. Which colour is more and by how many numbers?
6) You can do this with laundry as well – ask them to separate the whites from the colours and count how many are there in each category.
7) Help them memorize your phone number and show them how to dial it on the phone.
8) Mark important dates on the calendar and help them count how many days left until the next important day.
9) Measure your child’s height every month and ask them to calculate how much they are growing and compare the height to other people in the house. Who is shorter and who is taller?
10) Also help them learn about shapes while reading a book, or playing in the park or while visiting places.
A few simple tips to keep in mind and you can help develop your child’s numeracy skills!