Watching your child’s ability to make educated and reasonable guesses based on size, quantity, distance, and space available develop over time is very exciting as a parent. As your child practices and develops their skills you’ll notice their ability to reasonably estimate and accurately count objects to check their estimate flourish. At Rainbow Child Care Center, we believe incorporating opportunities for children to practice these skills is a vital part of everyday learning. In order to do this we utilize an Estimation Jar in our classrooms. Your child will take part in estimating quantities, counting actual amounts, recording answers, and discussing the different items that are used in the jar.
How can you practice estimating at home?
Snack Time: Snack and meal times are a great way to practice math skills and estimation. When having a snack ask your child how many apple slices they think they will get or how many spoonful’s of yogurt they will get. After they give an estimate, help your child count how many there are.
Steps: Ask your child questions like: How many steps do you think it will take to get from the table to the sink? Or how many steps do you think it takes to get from the couch to the door? After they give you an estimate, have them count the steps.
Cleaning Up: When cleaning up, ask your child to estimate how many toys, shoes, socks, etc. they can find. As items get put away, work together to count them.
Making math a part of your child’s daily life will reinforce the importance of the skills and allow your child to build upon the skills while participating in activities they enjoy!