Three Easy Ways to Get Your Preschooler on the Path to Algebraic Thinking

Learning how to classify, sort and form patterns at an early age gives a child a jump start in math before they even enter elementary school.  Here are three easy activities that you can do together at home.

1.  Sorting.  Let your child help out by sorting laundry, for example, matching and pairing socks by size shape and color, and by sorting laundry by family member.

2.  Helping to put away silverware by type and size (forks, spoons and serving pieces, not knives).  Learn how to set the table properly.

3.  Playing with patterns.  Make and repeat patterns of two, three and four objects. Use silverware and other household items.  Progress to making patterns using colors and numbers.  Blocks and bead necklaces are fun to work with.  Make your own pasta shaped necklaces using food coloring and alcohol, allow to dry, and make patterns on string.  http://www.makeandtakes.com/coloring-pasta-making-necklaces

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  • How about sewing and cooking? I did both as a kid and ending up being very strong in math without a lot of effort. Sewing involves a lot of patterns as well as topology and geometry. Cooking involves a lot of proportions and measuring. It also deals with chemistry and controlling variables. Kids should also be actively involved in shopping and not just along for the ride. You might also be interested in my book summaries of “Managing the Milliennials” and “The Invisible Gorilla” at my blog. Let me know.

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