December 22 2021
6 Enjoyable Ways to Introduce Math to Kids

6 Enjoyable Ways to Introduce Math to Kids

What comes to your mind when you hear the word "math"? Most will probably associate it with sequences of numbers, formulas and trigonometric symbols, or things related to calculating money that seem very difficult to do except for people who are good at math. Mathematics is not just limited to numbers, calculations, or the terms sine, cosine, tangent. In fact, mathematics has a wider scope than what we generally perceived. Likewise for children, it is not just counting, subtracting, dividing, or multiplying numbers.

According to the National Association for Education of Young Children located in Washington, United States, in the early stages of life, children have studied and paid attention to the world around them by comparing numbers and sizes, finding patterns, or adjusting balance when they play with blocks. When they climb and descend the slide, they observe altitude, direction, and speed. What they do is actually an exploration of mathematical concepts. We may often hear them say, "Brother wants a bigger one," "Little sister can jump further." The words big, far, and more, are actually mathematical expressions. It is our job as adults to continue providing the right vocabulary most appropriate to the children’s activities

By understanding the basic concepts of mathematics, there are many benefits that children can get to support their growth and development, even very helpful for pre-school children who are about to enter Elementary school. If children are familiar with mathematical dimensions such as measurement, classification, comparison, and predictions in everyday life, it will be easier for children to hone their ability to think creatively, logically, and critically. This will be needed throughout your children’s lives in adapting to new environments, innovate, have great curiosity, and think critically and broadly in solving problems. This is how mathematics gives provision for children to master various life skills.

You don't want to miss the opportunity to introduce maths to your little ones from an early age. It would be amazing if you can introduce math to your child in an enjoyable way. During the Golden Age (0-6 years old), the way parents educate their children will greatly influence the behavior and choices of children in the future. If adults introduce math to children in a complicated and mundane way, of course the child will not be interested. Then how should you introduce mathematics to early childhood? Here are 6 fun ways you can use when developing math skills for your children:

1. Grouping Objects and Shapes

Introducing math to toddlers (1.5 - 2.5 years old) can be done by grouping objects according to colors. Use balls or various toys in the house that have basic colors. If your child is compatible with the kinesthetic learning style, you may place objects in different places so that your child's movement needs are met. As your child advances, you can invite your little one to group objects of the same shape, such as legos, wooden blocks or even found materials, such as leaves and stones.

2. Play with Blocks

Another fun way to learn math is to use three-dimensional objects like blocks and puzzle knobs. Children will learn about various shapes and thus get introduced to the concepts of space and shape (spatial reasoning), such as measurements and estimates when installing or arranging blocks. When your little one turns 2 years old and over, they will begin to compile the blocks to create a new dimensional shape that they usually imagine as a form of trains, houses, and others.

3. Recognizing Numbers by Singing

Honing children's math skills through songs is also quite effective. Cheerful songs can increase children's enthusiasm and interest. You can introduce the numbers 1-10 with a song, such as "Children's Song 1 2 3 4", "Ten Little Indians", or "Five Little Ducks. As you sing the song, you can use your fingers to represent the numbers and the movements. For example, when singing Five Little Ducks, use your fingers to represent the amount of ducks, followed by another gesture to illustrate the hill, mimic the way ducks waddle along with the quacking sound. When your little one refuses to choose any other song, it’s in your best interest not to force them to change. Instead, you may ask them to pick other numbers or simply change the animal in the song that suits your child’s interest. Don’t forget to adjust the movements and the sound the animals make in the song. When the child is over 3 years old, you can continue to introduce counting with the song "Baa, baa, black sheep" and other songs that introduce the concept of addition and subtractions; or “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” to introduce the spatial concept.

4. Playing with Patterns

Activities with patterns can hone children's skills in solving problems and the ability to think abstractly as well as rationally. You may use legos, wooden blocks and  toy cars, to introduce your little one to patterns. Show a simple pattern of red-blue-red-blue-red-blue and ask your child what color should come next after blue. Encourage them to follow your example and to create their own patterns using the materials or toys that they like. They can also arrange patterns based on texture (soft-coarse), taste (sweet-sour), or even movement (run-jump).

5. Take advantage of everyday activities

Introducing math to children can also be done through everyday activities with parents that fits with the child’s interest. Even without any special materials or equipment, you may familiarize your little one with mathematics in a simple and fun way. As you go up and down the stairs, you can count the steps out loud and ask how many steps did your child take? You can make playdough by measuring flour with plastic cups or spoons. Or even simply discussing with your little one how big they should make the garage to fit all of their toy cars.

6. Choosing the Right School

There are several important aspects that must be considered when choosing a school, such as curriculum, facilities, companions, to the atmosphere of the school. So, what is a school like that supports teaching mathematics to children in a fun and enjoyable way? The Early Childhood program of HighScope Indonesia school is here to support parents in supporting their little one's math skills so that they are honed properly and optimally. Why is that?

First, teaching mathematics with a curriculum that is enjoyable and accommodates children's interests. Such as Selling Day, group activities to make patterns, and others that are familiar with children's daily lives. Sekolah HighScope Indonesia also holds Math Tech Week every year, the event consists of simulations of teaching mathematics by the teachers for the parents; starting from the Early Childhood program to high school level, which discusses how to teach mathematics with everyday items.

Second, HighScope Indonesia places teachers as partners in play, so that children will feel comfortable interacting with their teachers. Through this interaction, children will learn in an open, two-way, and natural method, because learning will feel like playing and without any pressure. In addition, with the teacher as the child's partner it will also make it easier to understand the children's interests. With that, the teacher is able to determine what type of learning style is right for teaching mathematics to each child,  who have different abilities and needs. Sekolah HighScope Indonesia also held an online Babysitter Workshop, to provide direction for caregivers to support children in learning mathematics from an early age.

Third, which is no less important, HighScope Indonesia offers a supportive environment with complete facilities and materials and a real-life (concrete) application that will make it easier for your little one to understand mathematical concepts and hone their ability to think critically, logically, and creatively. A part of Math Tech Week is guest speakers session, who are invited to share how they use mathematics in their respective jobs, such as Barista and Chef at the Early Childhood level.

Introducing math to our children might seem challenging, hopefully with these steps your little one will experience that learning math is actually a lot of fun. With HighScope Indonesia as your partner in child development, your little one will be introduced to mathematics at their golden age with the appropriate and optimal stimulation!

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OTHER EVENTS

Strengthening the Spirit of LOVE FOR INDONESIA

through the 75th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia

NEW NORMAL

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Indonesia in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sekolah HighScope Indonesia conducted a solemn event in this New Normal era, by utilizing online technology to hold a Virtual Flag Ceremony for the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia. The event, which was held this morning, involved 2,925 elementary, middle school and high school students along with approximately 1000 school directors, principals, teachers, employees, and parents of students from all HighScope Indonesia Schools in Java, Sumatra and Bali: SHI TB Simatupang, SHI Kelapa Gading, SHI Alfa Indah, SHI Kuningan, SHI Bintaro, SHI Pluit, SHI Rancamaya, SHI Bali, SHI Medan, SHI Bandung and SHI Palembang took part in this online ceremony.

What's interesting about this ceremony is with the virtual choir of 348 students from all HighScope Indonesia Schools. This collaborative project is led by Hendro Ismoyo Jati, the HighScope Indonesia Institute's K-12 Management and Quality Coordinator of the HighScope Indonesia Institute, fully supported by the music and film teachers of HighScope Indonesia Schools.

THE SPIRIT OF LOVE FOR  INDONESIA

"Sekolah HighScope Indonesia teaches students to respect differences, allow differences, encourage differences, until differences no longer make a difference."

The values ingrained in the slogan above are in line with Indonesia’s National Motto of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. HighScope Indonesia upholds these noble national values ​​by continuing to instill these values ​​in our students through various learning experiences that reflect real conditions that occur in the world.

In welcoming the 75th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia, Sekolah HighScope Indonesia holds a Week to Commemorate Independence Day where in each school, HighScope students are encouraged to foster a sense of pride as Indonesians and love for the nation through every learning activity.

During the morning meeting, the students discussed important events surrounding The Proclamation and dissected the meaning of independence. The teachers use independence as a theme for the learning activities. Students learn about the events leading up to Indonesian Independence in History lessons, read patriotic poetries of unity and integrity in language lessons, sing the national song in music lessons  and draw or create works of art depicting the conditions of independence Indonesia in Art lessons. The teachers also invited guest speakers from community leaders such as Kompol M. Marbun.SH., MM (Kapolsek Cilandak) and Rizki Lesus (Journalist & Writer) who discussed the values ​​of independence and its relevance to students according to their respective education program. Elementary, Middle School, and all the way to High School.

The Week of Independence Day Celebration, which culminates in the August 17 Flag Raising Ceremony, is a milestone in the spirit of LOVE FOR INDONESIA which underlies activities at the Indonesian HighScope School in the next 1 year. In the second quarter, students will learn about the richness of Indonesian culture in Culture Week. And in the fourth quarter students will study entrepreneurship on Business Day, where in their business plans or proposals, students are required to use 60% locally-resourced materials in their marketed products.

THE MEANING OF INDEPENDENCE

In her address this morning, Mrs. Antarina S.F. Amir elaborated on the meaning of independence for ceremony participants, that independence means to be free to determine one's own destiny and does not depend on others. "We do need other people to work together, sometimes we need other people to be leaders, but we have to be able to make our own choices in life, be able to lead ourselves and not depend on others." said Antarina S.F. Amir, Founder & CEO of HighScope Indonesia. She also advised that we can be independent if we are able to work together in solving problems. At the end of her speech, she reminded all attendees and students of the advice of the Father of Indonesian Education, Ki Hadjar Dewantara:

“Apapun yang diperbuat oleh seseorang itu,

hendaknya dapat bermanfaat bagi dirinya sendiri,

bermanfaat bagi bangsanya,

dan bermanfaat bagi manusia di dunia pada umumnya.”

Panitia Peringatan 75 Tahun Kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia

Sekolah HighScope Indonesia

Congratulation to Arsyi Asy syarifah grade 11 got first place first and won full scholarship to the young learners program,  Arsyi won the 2018 essay writing competition. Gusaimas matahachiro hanggoro himawan akbar (ago), was recognized as highly commended. This competition was held by Trinity Collage, University of Melbourne. We are proud of both of you.

Although the only knew about the scholar"s cup back in 2017, they were able to get through to the Tournament of Champion, the final round at Yale University, USA.

Their perseverance and hard work paid off. They were ranked 50 and 88 from 500 teams around the world. Congratulation ! keep up the good work.