In many ways mathematics is like a language: kids need exposure to its richness in early years, so it becomes native to them.
Imagine not talking with babies about anything until they learned the alphabet! This is what happens with math, when babies, toddlers and young kids only ever hear about small numbers and simple shapes.
As parents, we are interested in creating rich, multi-sensory experiences for our children early on. We want to introduce them to the complex and exciting world around them. Yet when it comes to mathematics, we often do just the opposite – simplify, impoverish, limit. Doing this, we are not giving children a chance to observe, play with and ultimately learn math.
The simplistic math is boring not just to children, but to adults as well. The absence of happy familiarity leads to procrastination, frustration, and anxiety when math does come up.
Everything around us can be a learning tool, a rich toy, a conversation starter.
- A snowflake is an example of a fractal and an invitation to explore symmetry.
- Cookies offer combinatorics and calculus games.
- Paint chips come in beautiful gradients, and floor tiles form tessellations.
Imagine turning your child’s world into a mathematical playground!
We are writing an advanced and accessible math book, Moebius Noodles, for young kids and their parents. This book is totally cool! It’s an off-the-beaten-path travel guide to the Math Universe for adventurous families (and it has lots of beautiful pictures, too!) The games in Moebius Noodles draw on these rich properties of everyday objects in ways accessible to parents and kids. If that excites you, become one of the early adopters and help the cause!
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