School's back in session and education is on most mom's minds. What can we do to assist our little ones learn? Sure there appear to be lots of options out there - but which ones work? Which ones are good? And in today's economy - which ones are worth the money?
With three kids (ages 6, 4 and 2), my younger ones are constantly trying to keep up with the eldest. And so, I was thrilled to come across some unique math cards, designed to help kids ages 1 - 5 learn to count.
Designed by Alan Debonneville, the ChildUp Early Learning Game Cards are the size of playing cards but offer so much more than the standard deck. 16 parent cards present the educational matter, but the 48 educational cards are what my kids were most interested in. The first of each of the four sets has a wildlife image introducing the 10 animals to be seen in the upcoming cards. As I sat with my two youngest children, this was a great way to reinforce animal names to my youngest while helping my middle daughter gain some confidence from the help she was providing. The next 10 cards feature one of the animals (ie a photo of one giraffe); you flip the card over and the number "1" is printed with the one giraffe shown again. This educational tool worked wonders with us. We talked about each animal, we practiced pointing and counting each, and then we flipped it over to show the actual number and to reinforce the understanding of that visual. After going through three sets, my just-turned 2 year-old was counting with me as I pointed.
Creator Debonneville's product comes as a product of his success. He was able to recognize numbers and count to 10 by the time he was two. By age four, Alan could already do basic addition and subtraction, a feat that his schoolmates wouldn't normally master until primary school. This was all in thanks to his father John working with him. This early math education led to Alan's continuing academic achievement in mathematics, helping him win the Swiss Championship of Mathematics & Logic Games in 1994.
While it'd be bold to think my kids will go on to be math champions, I'm keen on the thought of helping educate them at an early age with tools that are enjoyable to work with as well. A price point of $14.99 makes this an affordable, educational option for loved ones, birthday parties and more. And who knows - maybe it will be your child who goes on to win the mathematics championship next.