We’re always talking about our favorite books for the boys and this week is one that is both educational and great fun to mix periodically into your day with your kids. I’ve heard many great teachers tell me the BEST teacher for kids is their own parents so I’m always on the look out for great resources to help me teach Luke.
This week I want to share with you a great book called, “Foundation Maths Dictionary”. Because my mom is a 1st grade teacher, she’s always passing things along to me that I would NEVER have found on my own. For this reason, I feel it’s important to pass them along to you as well! Sharing great ideas and resources is what Jennie and I are all about after all.
This book is a “dictionary” for many math and science based phrases including:
- clockwise – anticlockwise
- few, fewer, fewest
- heavy, heavier, heaviest
It’s an entire book with pictures of these phrases and explanations of each using color cartoons and diagrams. The idea is if you use these phrases throughout your day with your little ones, you are giving them a wonderful range of vocabulary needed for early levels of math. The important thing to note is this isn’t something you formally sit down to “teach” them – it’s learning through play and it gives you the opportunity to “teach” your kid(s) all day long in a fun way! The possibilities are endless – for instance, one of Luke’s favorite toys are his cars. I use his cars in a fun way and we put them in a straight line and then a curved line and we make shapes with them (i.e. circle, triangle, etc.) and you can ask them which car is heavy? heavier? heaviest? When you’re introducing new terms, you want to make sure to explain it to them, such as: “The blue car is heavier than the green car” They aren’t going to fully understand each term this early on but the important thing is that they’re hearing you say these terms and with this exposure you’re giving them a great foundation for early math skills. Just keep talking to your kids throughout the day, explaining these early math definitions and they’ll pick them up quickly as they get older. There’s no need to drill them on these concepts for your kids to learn them, remember to keep it fun!
You can play all kinds of games with your kids using these terms including making your own balance scale and see if they can use their toys to make it balance. You can tell them, “the bear is lighter than the block” or “the block and the car weigh the same, they balance each other!” When you’re driving down the road you can say things like “Look! The fire truck is longer than our car!” When Luke is asking for a snack, I always ask him how many crackers he wants and he counts them out so I use this as a great opportunity to say “You have two crackers, when you add one more you have three!”
Get creative and have some fun – what are your kids favorite learning games?
If you’d like to get your own copy of “Foundation Maths Dictionary” head on over to our aStore and click on books in the upper right hand corner. It’s on the 4th page, and it’s only $10!