Rob Charteris BSc Hons, RMN, CBT practitioner
Going to the seaside is great and kids love to see the rock pools, sea gulls and splash in the waves. But the trouble with kids is they always want to learn.
Here’s a way to keep them happy, have some fun and teach them about numbers.
According to psychologists, the way we learn is from “concrete to abstract”. This is a fancy way for saying we need to see real things in order to start learning about imaginary things. Numbers are “abstract” or imaginary things. They didn’t exist before humans created them. In fact the Arab world was the first place modern numbers were made popular, and spread all around the globe. Arab mathematicians like Al-Khwarizmi were the pioneers of the numbers we use today. Before these thinkers, numbers were represented by things like Roman Numerals or tallies.
The point is that to teach children to count, it’s easier to have things to count. On the beach there are plenty of things, but I would like to suggest shells.
Try variations of the above and keep repeating and counting together.
You don’t have to use shells and you don’t need to be on holiday, but you will find, in a very short time, your child will be able to count!