Bring Math Home
Math can feel intimidating to some kids. They see rows of numbers and symbols -- and promptly lose interest. So how can you help make sure that doesn't happen to your preschooler?
Try presenting math concepts in ways that matter to her, such as figuring out how she and two friends can equally divide six cookies among themselves, says Art Baroody, PhD, professor of early-childhood and elementary-mathematics education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Everyday situations are golden learning opportunities," he explains. "They help kids see how mathematics is used in real life."