# Teaching Children Mathematics

## Tips for teaching children mathematics. Some of these fun and exciting activities that will have any child wanting to learn more.

Every parent and teacher knows that numbers and mathematical thinking can be a bit overwhelming for a child just starting to learn. After learning to count, one of the first mathematical concepts a child learns is how to add. This can be a tedious task or a fun adventure depending on how the concept is presented to the child. There are some very easy ways to get your child excited about learning how to add.

First, make sure your child is comfortable with counting and number recognition. Trying to move a child into adding too early could confuse and frustrate the child. It is important that each child has a firm grasp of what each numeral stands for and the quantity of each number. Having a strong foundation in counting and number recognition will make adding a lot easier for you and for the child learning.

Some of the everyday items you can use to teach adding include things that children like to play with any way. Dominos are excellent addition teachers. The dots are right there in front of them and you can show your child how to match the numeral symbol with the amount of dots. If you hold a domino horizontal, you can show your child the relationship to adding with the number sentence written from left to right. If you hold the domino in a vertical fashion, it is easy to teach your child how to add using the vertical method.

Another great thing to use to teach adding is dice. Take turns rolling the dice and recording an addition sentence. If the child gets the addition problem correct, he or she gets another turn. If he or she gets it wrong, they have to let someone else have a turn. You can even extend this to word problems by having them make up stories about their number sentences.

Cards are good addition teachers, also. By drawing two cards (take out the face cards) and placing them next to each other, you and your child can discuss and discover all the different combinations represented in the pair of cards. Again, you can help your child make up stories to reinforce what he or she has learned and expand into word problems.

Use fun things as counters. Whenever you are working with paper and pencil and have problems already written down let your child explore with all kinds of little things that can be used as counters. Counters help a child figure out the answer and give your child a firmer understanding of qualitative concepts. Some things you can use are Lego's, bread tabs, screws, nuts, bolts, milk jug caps, jelly beans, M & M's, Teddy Grahams, Goldfish crackers, Cheezits, or any other small item that you can think of. Food works wonders because you can always use the incentive that they get to eat their work when they are finished.