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Early Math and Science

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Early Math

Math is Everywhere – and It's Fun!
Counting odd/even, measuring and counting when cooking, +/– number quizzes in the car, simple logic puzzles and problem solving ... it's all about FUN at this age!

Children's Books for Teaching Math
Elyse Rycroft at proudtobeprimary.com has compiled an excellent list of wonderful books to use in introducing children to mathematics.

Manipulatives
Best way to learn basic math facts and acquire "number sense" is to use physical (or virtual) math manipulatives, objects designed to make key concepts viscerally real.

Mad Minute
Mathematical study requires memorization of basic facts of arithmetic (+, –, x, ÷). Five minutes a day maximizes fluency, speed. Online, printable versions
here.

Early Math Worksheets
Printable worksheets and drills on a variety of early math topics for parents conducting lessons at home. More
here and here.

Khan Academy
Best online resource for independent study, home learning. Get a jump on difficult upcoming courses by completing free Khan equivalents the previous summer.

Math Methodologies
A wide range of private after-school programs have opened their doors to students looking to further develop and deepen their mathematical skills and understanding.

Family Math (Stenmark et al)
Classic book helps parents conduct interesting, experiential, curriculum-based math lessons and activities at home.

Daily Math Time
Along with daily reading and writing/drawing time, parents should spend some structured time each day with each child on fun math-related activities.

Early Data Visualization
With easel pad graph paper or printable stock, kids create and update graphs to track goals, weather, or other statistics and witness the power of data visualization.

Early Puzzles, Math Games, Problem Solving
Lots of fun family activities expose children to logical problem solving and exercise mathematical thinking muscles without figuring sums or solving equations.

Printable Graph Paper
Kids use specialized graph paper to color fun designs, doodles, tesselations, and other creations. Also handy for learning about proportion, perspective, graphing.

Math Fact Apps and Calculation Training Sites
Memorizing the basic facts of arithmetic is an essential early prerequisite to learning math. Modern tech and teaching methods make it easier than ever.

Block Coding: Scratch
For those new to coding, "Block Coding" is a great way to start. Learn basics, have fun without writing a line of code. Simple enough for 4-5 year olds (with guidance).

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Early Science

Family Science Study
The home as lab! When children are young, it's easy to hook their natural curiosity by the wonders and endless questions generated by scientific study and discovery.

Guidebooks: Science Experiments and Projects
Highly rated guidebooks assist parents in conducting fun experiments/projects, teaching the scientific method, and exploring science at home with their children.

Best Science Books for Kids
Science Friday's short list of books guaranteed to make kids love science. Geekwrapped's top 100
here. Amazon's best here. SmithsonianMag's ideas here.

Chemistry Set
What young scientist didn't start with a chemistry set? Supervision is crucial. Once kids demonstrate responsibility, chemistry sets can be upgraded as skills progress.

Rockets and Other Flying Things
All kids know that planes and rockets are fun. They're also great ways for enterprizing parents to inculcate in their offspring the joys of math and physics.

Make Your Own Cell Phone Microscope
For a few dollars in parts you can make a very capable digitcal microscope using any smartphone. See another how-to video courtesy of Make
here.

Snap Circuits Electronics Discovery Kit
Award-winning upgradable electonics projects kit. Build 300+ projects, including: lie detector, laser, AM radio, light organ, touch lamp. Junior kit
here.

Makey Makey Invention Kit
Everyday things become computerized inventions. Turn bananas, foil pads, written scribbles, water pans into keyboards and touchpad triggering devices. More
here.

Molecular Modeling
Model chemical compounds to visualize molecules and aid in studying general or organic chemistry. Other kits
here, here, and here.

Robotics
Who doesn't love robots? Thanks to simple robotics platforms like Lego Mindstorms EVX, Rasberry Pi, and Arduino, anyone can learn to create real robotic machines.

Weather Station
A home weather station is a great way to learn about the important of precise scientific observation, measurement, and data tracking. Steampunk version
here.

The Miracle of Human Anatomy
No machine rivals the complexity and beauty of the human body. Anatomical models and specialized texts reveal the miracles lying under our own skins.


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