Parents - Math
Just as we concern ourselves with our children's awareness of the alphabet and reading, so it is important to enrich our children's awareness of numbers as they relate to everyday life.
In the preschool years, much time and effort is spent on the alphabet and reading. However, numbers and number concepts are pretty much ignored. Perhaps this is due to a general lack of interest among mothers in the world of numbers. In fact, it might be safe to say that many mothers as a group seem to feel inadequate to the task of enjoying the world of numbers.
Perhaps both mothers and children could enjoy the learning process together.
Following recipes while we cook brings up the use and importance of
measuring. If the opportunity arises, taking measurements of height or
weight also introduces the concept of measurement.
Where do our numbers come from? The answer is from the Arab culture. To fully understand the importance of this "invention", have your 4th or 5th grader try arithmetic operations using Roman numerals. Then do the same with Arabic numbers. SCIENCE IN EARLY ISLAMIC CULTURES by George Beshore ($8.95) will assist you on this subject.
Quite clearly, this series enables anyone to grasp simple number
concepts and interesting historical facts about science and mathematics so
that children will perceive the subject as interesting from the very
beginning. The other books in the series are:
Getting Down to Math specifically
In addition, I always recommend E.D.Hirsch's series What Every Child Should Know in the ___Grade. There are 7 books - Kindergarten through Grade 6. These will enable you to keep tabs on your child's progress, not only in math but in all other school subjects.
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