Mastering of the math facts is very important for math success. Practice everywhere like in the car, at a restaurant, in a waiting room, etc. For students beginning to learn multiplication, skip counting is a good way to get ready for it. Also all our students in grades 2 - 8 are signed onto xtramath.org. This is a good and quick way to get practice every day. (Grade 1 will be added later in the year.)
Skip counting examples:
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36
4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48
Please check with your child's teacher or me for your child's sign-in information.
Math is everywhere every day. It's good to have an analog clock in the house somewhere. Having one that a child looks at and made aware of daily can help children learn to tell time at an early age. At certain times of the day, you can just point out when certain hands are on particular numbers. You can mention times of events or how long something will take.
It's also good for a child to be aware of coins and their names at an early age. Pull out change from a pocket or a wallet at different times. Have the child sort them and name them with you. Then begin to talk about the value of the coins.
Rock 'N Learn DVDs
This series has awesome dvds about math. Even at a very young age, children enjoy watching these DVDs and learn at the same time.