Why should you add math and science into the mix when children are young? The addition of math and science at a young age gives children some advantages in the future. The trick is to keep the math and science on a level where they want to stay engaged and solve the problems and think about the concepts being introduced. We don’t want to inundate children with complex equations on paper and make them learn scientific theories. We want to help them explore these fields and cultivate interest.
Why is math so important? Everyone uses math in their daily lives. That does not mean we all utilize complex equations, but we all have to calculate things on the fly without notice, such as a discount on a sale item or figuring out how many more potatoes we will need to add for the extra guests. It is well known that children learn to count from an early age, sometimes even before they begin pre-school. The learning stages of numbers which children go through during their development are numbers, operations, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, patterns and reasoning, and probability.
By the age of three, most children have the ability to count to at least the number five. Some children are able to utilize number words such as many, some or several to refer to numbers or quantities. By the age of four, many children are able to count to 10 and know the names of days of the week, seasons, and months. By age five, children are generally able to count and sort by characteristics and develop a chronological sense. Many are learning to tell time by this age. By age six, children can count to at least 200 and give and receive directions. By age seven, children are able assess shapes on a geometric level and utilize rulers to obtain measurements. By the age of eight, children are able to solve three-digit equations and solve some word problems of an algebraic nature.
Like math, children go through several stages of learning. These stages include inquiry, physical sciences knowledge, life science knowledge and earth and space knowledge. By age three, children utilize sight and sound to classify objects as plastic or loud, etc. By age four, children are able to make observations and inquire about their environment. By age five, children become very curious about the why and how of things, and are able to ask detailed questions. By age six to seven, children have become very curious and enjoy taking part in experiments which involve hands on experience.
Both math and science are integral parts of children’s’ lives at an early age. Their curiosity is at its peak during these early development stages and makes them ideal candidates for introducing math’s and science. The introduction of math and science must tailored to their skill levels. The introduction of math and science at a young age encourages children to explore and solve problems and ask scientific questions at a young age without the responsibility of learning theory. Giving children a good math and science base at an early age tends to increase skill levels which will enhance their learning levels throughout school and life.