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Prepare Your Child for a Lifetime of Math Achievement

A child’s math skills in pre-school and kindergarten are a primary indicator of his or her overall academic success. Yet, research shows that less than 2.5 percent of each school day is spent on teaching young learners mathematics.

If you’re reading this, then you are already motivated to help your child get a head start on their journey toward mathematics. Fret not your interest in bolstering your child’s math education doesn’t make you a tiger parent. It’s a fact, for decades early education has been focused on “reading, writing and arithmetic” – in that order. The focus on early literacy is paying off. Yet today, mathematics is still on the bottom of the priority list for early learners; while a vast amount of research points toward the need to introduce mathematics education at an early age and spend more time teaching it.

You’re Not the Only One!

Academics, researchers, educators, policymakers, and business leaders are all calling attention to the need for more math education in the U.S. And successful mathematics education begins early. The National Academy of Science has called for increasing and improving K–12 science and mathematics education in order to secure and maintain the country’s worldwide foothold in technology innovation. The Common Core State Standards Initiative increases math education in the early grades.

Build on Your Child’s Natural Ability for Number Sense

It’s true, the ability for conceptual subitizing – a key component of number sense – begins in infancy. As children grow, they naturally show the ability to subitize. As parents, you can build on that natural gift by helping your child train their brains to quickly identify sets of numbers, know how numbers relate to each other and solve traditional mathematical equations. Mastery of number sense skills frees children from relying on finger or nose counting which often leads to mistakes and slows students down as they progress to more challenging math work.

The KENS Math methodology focuses on the development of three essential number sense skills:

  1. Subitizing– the ability to see a set of objects instantly without counting. Well-developed subitizing skills allow students to process math equations quicker and avoid mistakes common to counting.
  2. Creating number combinations– traditional math facts like 2 + 2 =4
  3. Recognizing number magnitude using number lines– linear representations of number magnitude help children remember numbers more easily, particularly larger numbers. And number memory is strongly related to academic achievement.

Also, a vast amount of research indicates that subitizing, number line, and number magnitude skills are reliable predictors of later math achievement at all grade levels. These skills are essential to the development of basic math skills including addition and subtraction. Linear board games and play-based math activities also reinforce those skills.

Mathphobes Can Teach Number Sense!

The good news is that number sense isn’t quantum physics, so you can help your child embrace these concepts through fun interactive activities and games at home. Here is how to kick start your number sense brain training at home:

  • Spend 2 minutes a day practicing subitizing. Using the KENS Math subitizing flashcards have your child practice subitizing at each level. When he or she can identify the set of dots in a second, he’s mastered that card. When he can identify each card in that level he’s ready to move on to the next level. What is subitizing?
  • Play math games 3 times a week. Linear board games and play-based math activities reinforce number sense skills. You can easily make fun math games with things you have around the house – dominos, a pair of dice, etc.
  • Incorporate number combinations during daily activities. For example ask your child questions like, “If you have 3 chicken nuggets on your plate, and you eat one, how many are left?”
  • Play teacher – the KENS Math Assessment Tests and free exclusive printables to use at home