Help Your Children Explore Math in Play ~ By: Jessica Davis

posted Feb 22, 2014, 11:46 PM by Barry Johnson ISR   [ updated Feb 22, 2014, 11:46 PM ]

One of the fundamental concepts in math: composing and decomposing, “putting together and taking apart,” can be explored in young children’s play contexts. As parents, we often use counting and shape identification to teach a young child math concepts. This is only the beginning of helping the child fully understand these two important concepts. We can further develop these understandings in play.

The idea of composing and decomposing can help children to recognize shifts from a whole to its parts and begin to think about numbers and shapes in similar ways. Using blocks, puzzles and dolls, the table below lists questions and comments parents can use to enhance the composing and decomposing concepts during play. By highlighting these math concepts as they occur, we can help children begin to make better sense of the abstractness of mathematics.