How many centimeters are in a meter? How many inches are in a foot? These fundamentals may seem like second nature to an adult, but to children these important ideas might seem like a foreign language. It's important to make measurement a familiar concept to your child because he will be encountering units of measurement every time he deals with time, money, rulers, and scales (just to name a few examples). By applying measurement to real-life situations, you will make the concept easier to comprehend and provide your child with strong motivation to master it.
What You Do:
- Talk about different objects around the house and how they are similar and different from one another. Ask him to compare objects in terms of size. Is the refrigerator wider than the washing machine? Are the chairs shorter than the dresser?
- Discuss the different ways of measuring things with your child. Width, height, and length are just a few of the measurement types you may want to introduce.
- Ask your child why he thinks it may be important to measure things. Brainstorm different situations where taking measurement might be useful.
- Have your child use a ruler or tape measure to measure different items around the house.
- Help your child make a record of the household objects he has measured.
Use these key words when discussing measurement with your child:
- Big, tall
- Small, short
- Heavy, light