It is often believed that math is only for the intellectually gifted. However, we should know that math has a wide ranging implementation in life. Children should be taught how they can use math without dwelling with complex formulas. In fact, it is impossible for us to lead a life without any implementation in mathematics. In schools, math is often presented as a convoluted cluster of formulas and theories. Many young children and teenagers find it rather difficult digest intellectually. Many people won’t be able to understand it easily. However, we should start loving it, once we approach math from a different direction.
Math is often considered as the servant of science and without math, the scientific world would come to a grinding halt. In fact, babies become familiarized with math right after birth. They will subconsciously form a geometric shape of their mothers’ face and this will allow them to recognize their mothers. Babies could become upset when approached by someone that they don’t know. As babies grow, they will start to understand basic numbers and quantity. As an example, they will start to grasp the concept of “one” and “more than one”. This is a starting point of understanding numbers.
Slowly, toddlers will understand about numbers and parents would only need to teach the name of each number. Often, toddlers learn about the numbering system rather quickly, because they already learn the concept on their own; but they don’t know one is called one and two is called two. Eventually, toddlers will have some objects in their toy box and they will start to count the number of toys in the box. They will know when a toy is missing and in this case, they will start to look for it. In this case, math has become an organization tool, to make sure that things are collected before they are stored.
When teaching children about math, we should know that many of them are attracted with forms and shapes. As an example, balls with different sizes that roll on the ground with attract their attention. Naturally, people are concerned about forms and shapes, because they are often looking for balance and symmetry in life. Geometry is a math topic that can be taught rather easily through drawing. Children will know when two objects have different shapes or sizes. This will be necessary when children are asked to draw maps and other things. Parents can teach children about various geometrical forms, like flowers and leaves.
There are different interesting shapes, such as honey comb and sunflower seed pattern. Children can be introduced to understand these complex patterns. All the complex shapes are often based on basic geometrical forms, such as circle, rectangle and triangle. They are both simple and versatile. Children can be introduced with pictures of ancient and modern structures, so they’ll know that these buildings are also based on simple shapes. Introducing math to toddlers should be very easy to do.