They say 4 year old boys like math and girls like writing and phonetics. In our case, Joshua was assessed in Eye Level ( a supplementary education provider) and he was better in his math than writing or reading in English. So, I decided that his math continues with me at home.
So what happens during our Math time? We do a lot of playing. We have dice games on a poster filled with numbers 1-100. We drop the dice randomly on the poster and on whatever number it falls on you have to read it out loud! Example the dice fell on 76, Joshua has to say “seventy-six”. It’s a fun game with kids his age!
Next, we start going through the addition concept with some tools. I bought this Math Discovery Kit in Amazon when I was in the US and this has been very helpful.
There are many ways to use the kit. Recently, we used it to learn and practice Addition.
The tools make the addition concept easy to understand. The method looks fun and enjoyable to do for 4 year olds.
Placing and counting these circular buttons help Joshua visualize the meaning of the number. When he reads out “nine plus six equals”, he starts getting curious what number it will be. When he finishes counting all the buttons he is confident he got the right number and so he starts writing.
This is enjoyable stage and hopefully we are off to a good start. I pray that I can truly teach him well to love math and be good at it.