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Wednesday 2nd , 2016
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2803 Early math these days is not about teaching our children how much 2+2 is, or memorizing the numbers 1-10. Research has shown that young children are naturally little scientists and mathematicians, and through play, they are experimenting with math and science concepts. Early Learners experiment with volume and weight while they play in the sand and water. Filling up and emptying buckets gives them the opportunity to see the difference between heavy and light, small and big, full and empty, etc. Children practice organization skills as they collect loose items during a walk in the park. They practice counting while they eat their favorite snack one by one. They are learning while they play and it is our job to give these math concepts a “name” and make them a formal part of their lives. Children’s optimum development depends on how often they are exposed to activities that allow them to explore, experiment and create. How often do we talk about or narrate their explorations and findings? It is important that we create a rich environment with age appropriate activities that facilitate their learning process, and that we involve ourselves in their play.

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Here at Kidspace, our Early Childhood Classes are developed to stimulate your child’s curiosity and support his/her learning by exposing them to music, early math and sciences concepts, art, and language. Music, Motion, & Math en Español is a Spanish immersion program for 3-4 year olds. Where children are exposed to Hispanic folklore through traditional songs and rhymes. They learn patterns and sequences as they clap out the beats to music, and repeat movements as they dance, all while the Kidspace specialist facilitates the program entirely in Spanish. Music, Motion, & Math en Español gives your child the opportunity to practice Spanish and Math in a very fun way.

Here are some tips to encourage your child to play mathematically:

  • 2805 Gather a basket of different items. You can count or sort them by size, color, or texture.
  • Go for a shape hunt. You can look in magazines, outdoors, or in your house. Cut out big shapes and play a free dance. Freeze on the red circle!
  • Let your child use a stopwatch to time short activities. How long does it take him/her to get to the kitchen from the bedroom?
  • Make a fruit salad together. Measure and cut fruit in fractions.
  • Set up the table. How many family member are? How many plates do we need? Practice one-to-one correspondence.
  • Make some patterns with seeds or his/her favorite dry cereal. Now practice subtracting as you eat them.

Visit our website to learn more about Music, Motion & Math en Español!

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Edith Salazar, Early Childhood Spanish Language Specialist, joined the Kidspace educational team in 2013. Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Mexico City, Edith is a native Spanish speaker that has a great passion for teaching and enjoys working with children. Prior to Kidspace, she worked as a Preschool Teacher, and Elementary School Teacher in Mexico. She has a strong vision for planning creative and fun hands-on activities.