Teaching Kids About More or Fewer: The Best Ways To Teach Children Math
Preschoolers need to progress through 3 stages of understanding to learn how to compare numbers. Learn all 3 stages so you can help your child develop a deep understanding of numbers. One of the things that’s hardest about teaching math is figuring out how to break concepts down into small, manageable chunks. So many math concepts that seem obvious to adults are actually very multi-layered and complex for kids who are approaching them for the first time. Comparing numbers is one of these challenging concepts for young children. While it’s obvious to adults that 8 is more than 7, it takes a long time (and a lot of hands-on experience) for children to understand that numbers that come later in the counting sequence are greater than the numbers that come before.
Introduction to teaching kids about more or fewer
Here’s how to teach children about more or fewer. You’ll need to teach all the math stages, starting with number sequences and eventually progressing to recognizing the concept of more or fewer numbers. Types of numbers and how they relate (1) Number sequences. Example: 7, 15, 30, 5 (2) Different lengths. Example: 7 1/2, 4 1/2, 2 3/4, 7 3) How to count Fractions Conversions to fractions (2/3 to 4/5, 7/8 to 9/10, etc.) Remember to introduce numbers that are small, like 5, in stages; teaching 5 one number at a time can be overwhelming.
Stage 1: Understanding the concept of more
By first talking about a situation where there are lots of people with different color shirts, and even more kids have a shirt of the same color as yours but are wearing different colors, and people tend to like the colors of their clothes, it helps children understand how there’s a bigger number of one color than the other. By explaining that the bigger number of one color is 4, and the smaller number of the other color is 2, it’s easy to help your child understand that there is a bigger number of 8 than 7. (If your child has trouble understanding that “bigger” refers to larger numbers, make a scale chart with the 8s in a line and the 7s in a line. Draw or photograph the chart and show it to your child. If the 7s seem more significant, add a second line.
Stage 2: Understanding the concept of less
To teach your child about less, you first need to teach him the concept of more. Read this article for the best tips to get started: Teaching Your Child the Concept of More For your child to understand that 7 is more than 8, he needs to understand the concept of bigger and smaller numbers. A smaller number can be made into a bigger number by adding more pieces to it. For example, the number 6 can be multiplied by 4, 8, and 12 to become 14. In this picture (from The Mathland Book of Patterns by Maria F. Sullivan), 6 is more than 8 because it has twice as many pieces as 8. Photo by Jacqueline Daly So how do you teach a preschooler about smaller numbers? It’s easiest to teach by example.
Stage 3: Understanding the concept of more and less
Like many skills, kids need to master a concept first before they’re ready to move on to a new concept. For comparison math, the stage 3 of learning involves teaching kids to understand the difference between “more than” and “less than.” They need to learn to differentiate the way they would in other math skills. We know that there are 4 kinds of learners: Those who know instinctively what to do Differential thinkers who need to do some independent work Speculative thinkers who need help structuring the learning If your child has the stereotypical learner and process, then good luck finding a drill that will work for them. But those aren’t the only possible methods of teaching comparison math.