Math Maniac

Create a Math Maniac

**Written by Kathy Gordon**

**Make Math a Part of Everyday**

*Talk a lot about the **calendar** and what day it is, what day it is going to be and what day it has been. Find important dates. Talk about days of the week, months, holiday, seasons, etc.

*Use any opportunity to **count things**. Ask more or less questions.

*Talk about ‘big numbers’. Use any opportunity to discuss numbers above 20.

Ask questions such as:

*why does it have a 5 in front? **56**

*Why does it have a 6 in back?

*Is it bigger than___? Smaller than ___? How do you know?

***Add** things together. Forks + spoons, Cats + dogs, etc.

***Subtract** things

*Group things into **tens and ones**. See how many tens there are, and extra ones.

*Talk about **time****.** Discuss how long an hour or half hour is and related it to an activity such as a T.V. program or a game of basketball. Discuss the time for things such as dinner and see how long until that will happen, or how long it has been. Talk about a.m. and p.m.

*Use coins to **count money**. Begin by using only one kind of coin. Then slowly add other kinds when your child is ready.

*Look for opportunities to **sort** things such as laundry and silverware.

*Look for **patterns** around you and talk about them.

*Look for ways to **estimate** things. You might say, “how many times can you sing Happy Birthday in one minute?” you might give them a handful of macaroni and ask them to estimate how many pieces there are.

*Send your child on a **measuring** hunt with a ruler.

*Talk about the **shape and sizes** of things around you. Compare them by finding things that are the same and things that are different.

*Put things in order like coins, objects going from littlest to biggest, etc.