Developing numeracy with your child

By: Maryrose Gray

We all know that we should be reading books with our children to set the foundation for literacy. We also know that we should be developing number concepts with our children.  But what does that really mean?  Do we count with our kids, sure.  What else?  How often?  These are questions I get a lot from other parents who know that I am an educator.  These are also questions I got from parents of my students from kindergarten through fourth grade.

Reading a book is something that we can all wrap our heads around and find some time to do.  It's also a wonderful bonding experience with your child, double win.  Developing numeracy with children is a mystery to many parents and unfortunately for many it turns into constant rote drilling or something that is put off for another time entirely.  I want to change that for parents, sooner rather than later.  The earlier we begin to discuss mathematical concepts with our children, the more receptive they will be to learning math in school.  I have seen that schools move very quickly from concrete representations to abstract concepts.  If your child does not have a solid grasp of the concrete concepts, he or she will get more confused trying to understand abstract ideas or arithmetic. 

Now that I have my own children, I am asking myself how I can make sure my children are ready for the speed and rigor expected of them in school.  I also want them to have fun and enjoy the learning journey.  I put together some resources for my own toddler and asked my friends to try them, too.  Now, in collaboration with other educators and parents, I am pleased to share these resources with other parents.  We offer a sequence of games and interactive story booklets that will give you a broad cache of concept-building activities to engage in with your child.  Sign up for our newsletter and keep an eye out for our Membership offering monthly mailings of games and interactive story booklets to share with your family.

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