Reading, Storytelling and Math
There are many ways to do Play Talk, in addition to talking:
We all know that reading to children helps them learn. Studies show that what helps children’s brain development and learning the most is reading in an interactive way. Interactive reading is a way of reading which actively involves children – even those who can’t read yet – in the reading of a book. Adults help children become engaged in the story by asking them questions, pointing out what is happening on the page, and connecting the story to a child’s experience.
Sharing stories with young children is good for their brain and language development. Children develop listening skills, build memory and creative thinking, and learn new vocabulary. Storytelling is also a way to have special time with young children and share your life experiences and social values.
Math for young children consists three areas: counting, shapes and patterns. By taking opportunities during everyday activities to count up and down, notice patterns and play with shapes, parents and caregivers are helping children get the foundation they need in order to start school and learn addition/subtraction, algebra, and geometry.
Math is everywhere and adults can help children see it by counting cars or steps when talking a walk, noticing patterns when building with Legos, counting scoops of flour when baking, looking at shapes when doing a puzzle, counting fingers when taking a bath and much more!
Remember to have fun while doing math with young children!