What is Mathematics?
Mathematics is about counting, problem solving, organising, measuring and estimating, as well as making patterns and sequencing.
Attitude is key.
Children who see themselves as capable math thinkers and problem solvers are on the road to mathematical success. By spending time with your child and giving him or her lots of encouragement and praise, you will help build your child’s self-esteem and give him or her the confidence to try new things. We must be careful not to tell them that we, as adults, are uncomfortable or struggle with math. It provides children with a reason to give up when math concepts become more difficult.
Why is mathematics important?
Mathematics enables people to develop logical thinking and reasoning strategies in their daily lives.
We need mathematics to
Five main areas in math
Number sense: Using and understanding numbers is about knowing their relative values, how to use them in flexible ways when adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing and how to develop useful strategies when counting, measuring and estimating.
Estimating: Using what you know to make a guess that makes sense. It is thinking “about” how much, how many, how far and how heavy.
Measurement: Measuring occurs daily, whether it is length, height, weight, time, or distance. Tools can be standard (cm, m, grams etc.) or nonstandard (steps, arm lengths, paper clip lengths etc.).
Patterns: Finding patterns is all about seeing repetitive cycles, events and images that are predictable.
Shape and Space: Understanding where things are in our world and how they relate to each other helps us make sense of our world.
Math and Literature
Reading stories with math concepts is a fun way to learn about math without even realizing it.