Building Math Skills Should Begin Early

According to a
recent study1 of middle school students conducted by the University of
Missouri, children who lagged behind their peers in a test of core math
skills needed to function as adults were the same kids who also showed the
least number sense or fluency when they started first grade. According
to Hajira Khan, Franchise Owner of Kiddie Academy of Fort Wayne, this is
further proof of the importance of an education-based preschool program.

„Math skills are an important part of Kiddie Academy’s Life Essentials® 2
curriculum, designed to prepare your child for lifelong success,‰ said
Khan. „Most preschoolers are naturally interested in math as it exists in
the world around them. The basic math skills our teachers provide the
children at Kiddie Academy set the building blocks for their entire
academic and professional careers. Understanding numbers, sequencing and
comparing and contrasting sets of objects are all components of building
your child’s math skills. Beginning as young as a year old, children can
explore number concepts. That doesn‚t mean taking out the calculator
during playtime. In fact, they often learn best by engaging in hands-on
games and projects. As your children grow, you can reinforce the
importance of math and point out examples of math concepts in your daily
routine.‰

Here are a few math activities to try at home:

* Count the members of your family, the number of houses on your street,
the plates on the dinner table. As your child’s number confidence grows,
increase the number of things counted.

* Play simple addition and subtraction games. What happens when you have
two shoes and you take one away? How many shoes are left? What if you take
your fingers from your left hand and add them to the fingers on your right
hand? How many do you have altogether?

* Point out numbers you see in your world. From road signs to cereal
boxes, numbers are everywhere!

* Use manipulatives to demonstrate number concepts. Naturally, you’ll need
to steer clear of choking hazards. However with supervision, crayons,
blocks, candy – any easily manipulated objects can give children practice
they need counting, adding, subtracting and even multiplying. Many
children are visual learners, and it helps for them to physically
manipulate small objects that they can take away, add or simply count.

* Cooking together is a great way to illustrate fractions. Measuring
ingredients provides a visual example of fractions at work.

Kiddie Academy® is a leader in education-based child care, offering full-
and part-time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs
to Fort Wayne families and their children. For more information about
Kiddie Academy of Fort Wayne, please contact Hajira Khan at
fortwayne@kiddieacademy.net or visit
http://kiddieacademy98.reachlocal.net.

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in
education-based child care. The company serves families and their
children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before-
and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy‚s
proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods,
activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life.
Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation
system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest
standards in child care. For more information, visit
www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy® Domestic Franchising
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising, Inc. is based in Maryland and has
over 115 academies located in 22 states, including two company-owned
locations. Approximately 50 additional academies are in development, with
15 to 20 new locations slated to open each year. Kiddie Academy intends
to reach 200 Academies by 2017, with all future growth coming via
franchising. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademyfranchising.com.

1:
http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2011/0711-mu-psychology-study-finds-key-early-skills-for-later-math-learning/

2: http://educationaldaycare.kiddieacademy.com/our-difference/#pillars