Science is inexplicitly linked to innovation and human endeavour. It inspires and influences every element of our daily lives. From an early age, children immersed in scientific thought and discovery develop a unique range of skills; whether it is critical thinking, problem solving, innovative thought and the ability to test theories, educators who immerse children in science and discovery do so to support the natural human desire to learn and progress.

Mathematics is one of the key concepts that relate to all facets of scientific thinking. Equations, measurements, dimensions, and weight are often thought of during the process of any experiment or innovation.

Mathematics is often thought of as a must in education for children, but as adults we can sometimes be guilty of imposing mathematics on children in uninspiring ways. But what if we changed our mindset to immerse children in numbers, fostering an appreciation for the role they play in our lives. What if the way we presented and provided numbers and mathematics to children was truly relatable at their level?

There are endless opportunities every single day to immerse children in mathematics in very simple ways. Here are a few examples: -

Set small challenges at usually dull times. For example when setting the table for dinner time place 3 forks and a spoon at the table. Allow the child to problem solve and work out what is wrong. Scaffold the learning through asking questions such as “if you only need 1 fork and you have 3, how many do you need to take away”.

Point out numbers that are all around us such as speed limit signs while travelling, numbers on drink bottles and clock faces.

Measure your child regularly and allow them to see the chart and add numbers to it.

 

What about if mathematics is seemingly so far removed from what the child or children are interested in? Simple answer it isn’t! Mathematics relates to everything we do.

If you have an active child who enjoys running and jumping or playing tag why not explore speed, height, space and length with timers, speedometers and rulers.

Is dramatic play their forte? You can explore addition, subtraction and money through cash registers, and play coins.

Blocks provide a great opportunity to explore measurement, weight, sizes and shapes with rulers, tap measures, and charts

Mathematics can be explored in more ways than you can imagine. Share your unique idea with us by commenting below.