For my Master's research, I studied how to help parents teach their kids math in a fun and easy way. I taught parents how to teach math step-by-step about the concepts of time, money and temperature. I offered three workshops to parents and showed them videos with my own 3 kids from teaching vocabulary all the way to complex problem solving just through TALKING!!! Parents tried the math talking with their children and they were able to let go of their math anxiety and their children became more confident in math!
The younger your child, the easier it is to talk and teach math! When children learn a math concept correctly the first time, it is much easier for them to remember!
By using hands-on materials, children can make sense of what they are learning! Using props such as fingers, food, toys, clocks, money, measuring cups and thermometers, helps children learn more quickly!
The more children practice, the more they will remember and transfer their learning into long-term memory. If a child learns about math concepts informally at home, it helps build their confidence and prepares them for the formal math at school later!
Dr. Sheri Skwarchuk, a University of Winnipeg professor, was my research advisor, and is founder of the ToyBox project. ToyBox is a project that provides parents with literacy, numeracy and wellness strategies to help prepare children ages 2 - 8 for school.