Teaching my kids to spell and read might just be my downfall as a mom, but both kids picked up basic math from me at a very young age. Ironically, math wasn’t my strong subject in school, so I thought English and reading were going to be where I excelled at teaching, but I guess it goes to show you that you never really know how you are going to be as a mom until you actually have kids.
For me, it was easy to infuse early math with simple games we would play from even the toddler stage. It started with counting to three before we ran, playing counting games with numbers, and adding small objects like toys and foods to make math fun and easy to learn.
With summer here, the last thing we want to do is spend our days indoors with flash cards and workbooks, so I love that I can even take the lessons outdoors. With simple games like hopscotch that teach ones and twos to chalk problems on the trampoline where the kids jump to the right answer, we’ve found all sorts of math games to do outdoors that are so fun that the kids don’t even realize they are learning.
Making math fun is the goal of Zorbit’s Math Adventure, a new iOS app from Best Boy Entertainment for kids ages 3-5 that will be launching in mid-August. Early childhood learning is so important for school success, and giving your child a fun and exciting way to learn the basics is the perfect way to help your child.
And, until July 29th, you can win prizes just for sharing your tips on how to teach early math skills. You can receive some really great prizes just for entering, including three $100 gift cards which will be chosen at random. As part of the second phase of the contest, they will be awarding a $200 gift card, an iPad mini, or an iPad, which will be chosen by voting.
Have a great tip you use for teaching your little ones? They are looking for inventive concepts, handmade tools, use of household objects, ways to incorporate math into chores, play, etc for any of the following math skills:
- Identifying shapes
- Recognizing colors
- Comparing amounts (more than, less than)
Zorbit’s Math Adventure will be posting the best ideas on creative home learning as part of the contest and also sharing ideas from moms for encouraging learning all year long. You can like Zorbit's Math Adventure on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay in the loop and hear updates throughout the contest. You can find out more about the new app release at ZorbitsMath.com.