Therefore, start introducing numbers consistently in their universe and make them part of a daily routine like brushing teeth.
Typically, you can start teaching them numbers very early. As your child grows up and reaches preschool, numbers will not be something new in their life and daily routine.
Remember that children learn better when they have fun, and their attention span is short at a young age.
Therefore, keep it short and entertaining, and here are some fun activities you can try at home.
Teach Numbers Every Day
Consistency is everything.
The more frequently you practice and establish a routine, the better.
Therefore, exercise every day with games.
For instance, go on a scavenger hunt, and ask your toddler to bring “one stuffed animal,” “two books,” “three blocks,” etc.
We do not suggest to go on a scavenger hunt every day. Try once or twice per week.
Then, try to vary the activities:
There are many activities that you can do with your child. Only imagination is the limit.
Teach Numbers With Songs
You do not need to be the best singer; you need to be a fun one. Therefore, bring on the joy and sing songs like:
If you are tired of singing the same songs, and if you have no idea what to sing, check YouTube, for instance. The platform has thousands of kids’ songs about numbers.
What is essential is to be consistent and entertaining for your child.
Do not forget to show the numbers with your fingers. Ask your child to mimic what you do.
Ultimately, your child will start correlating and associate what they see with what they hear.
Teach The Number of the Day
Do you remember The Count Von Count from Sesame Street?
That’s the best example of what you should try to do.
You can focus every day on a different number and organize your toddler’s activities accordingly.
Let’s assume you try to teach the number four. Here’s an example of what you can do:
Of course, each child is different, and some exercises may be easier than others. We all have different paces when it comes to learning. It’s not different for your child.
Therefore, do not lose your patience.
Successes and failures are equally important to learn, and sometimes, it takes more than once before you know a new number.
What Have We Learned?
Children have the immense ability and willingness to learn.
If you introduce numbers early enough and create routines around learning numbers in a fun way, they will memorize them.
At an early point in the learning process, repetition and mimicking will help them integrate something new.
Ultimately, with hands-on experiments on various activities, they will make sense of the numbers and understand their meaning.
At Willowdale Children’s Academy, we use Singapore Math to teach numbers and mathematics.
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