• Health & Wellness Guide 2018

    Health & Wellness Guide 2018

  • Understanding Eating Disorders in Kids

    Understanding Eating Disorders in Kids

  • 5 Asthma Superfoods

    5 Asthma Superfoods

Featured Posts

Family Fun Runs and 5Ks in San Diego County

Family Fun Runs and 5Ks in San Diego County

Walk for Water (Mission Bay/Tecolote Shores North Park) - AprilBring your family and friends to Mission Bay to experience the trek that millions of women and children around the world make every d . . .

Read more

How to Lower Your Child's BMI

How to Lower Your Child's BMI

If your child’s pediatrician has alerted you that his body mass index (BMI) is too high, there are steps you can take to encourage a healthier lifestyle. Family Fitness
Your child will exempli . . .

Read more

Just Say No to E-Cigarettes

Just Say No to E-Cigarettes

Get to know the dangers of vaping E-cigarettes contain potentially addictive, dangerous toxins. Would it surprise you to know that they come in kid-friendly flavors like bubble gum, fruit punch, gu . . .

Read more

How Digital Devices Affect Eyes: What you need to know about Computer Vision Syndrome

How Digital Devices Affect Eyes: What you need to know about Computer Vision Syndrome

Does your technology-fixated child ever complain of dry, irritated eyes? What about blurry vision, headaches, light sensitivity, neck and shoulder pain, or fatigue? You might look to his electronic . . .

Read more

Tips for Traveling Abroad with Children

Tips for Traveling Abroad with Children

International travel gives your child an opportunity to experience other cultures and customs, and is a great way to broaden her understanding of the world around her. If you plan to travel abroad w . . .

Read more

Discover California National Parks

Discover California National Parks

These national parks in Southern and Central California are within a day’s drive of San Diego.Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with a visit to one (or more) of these sc . . .

Read more

teaching math and science to preschoolers sm 1533

What is the right age to start learning about math and science?

You may be surprised to learn that your preschooler is ready to be introduced to more than rote counting and discussing the weather. Recent research by the National Research Council (NRC) and National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) shows that there is a huge opportunity being missed when it comes to teaching math and science to 3 and 4 year olds. Reports from both organizations indicate that the expectations regarding the concepts preschoolers may be able to grasp are greatly underestimated.

“Kids are so excited by math and science. Let’s take advantage of it,” says Kimberly Brenneman, assistant research professor at NIEER and science consultant for the PBS television program “Sid the Science Kid.” “No one has told preschoolers that they have to be scared by it or that it’s hard.”

Brenneman says there has been a lasting payoff for early childhood education in other areas, like literacy, so the same possibility exists with other subjects.

“Parents, in their desire to do the right thing, can get wrapped up in math and science but it doesn’t take fancy equipment [to do it],” says Brenneman. “Everything they need, they most likely have.”

Brenneman recommends being on the look out for learning opportunities within existing situations like playing with blocks. When your child is playing ask them why the blocks don’t fall over, or ask them what is on top or under something else, discuss which shapes work well for building. This will help them learn about spatial relationships and physics.

Kitchen and cooking activities lean toward talking about transitions in phases, for example, how a solid turns into a liquid. Take an ice cube out of the freezer and brainstorm about freezing and melting. Ask what can be done to make it melt? Ask if it can be made to go back? Toast some bread and talk about what happened to the bread and if it can be “untoasted.” There is also a chance to talk about math concepts when measuring out ingredients to make cookies together or deciding how many utensils are needed to set the table for arriving guests.

Brenneman reminds parents to have fun and get excited. She says not to worry about having every answer, but to explore and investigate together.
Opportunities to talk about math and science are everywhere around us. Sharing the language of math and science with your preschooler will prime their mind for future exploration as they enter kindergarten, and it will show them that you have interest in two areas that are a vital part of their future.


-------------------
Janine Boldrin is a writer, mother of three and a military spouse.

Published: March 2011

  • Helping Families with Special Needs in San Diego

  • San Diego Family Cover Kid Search

  • Holiday Traditions and Events in San Diego

Publications

  • San Diego Family Magazine

    San Diego Family Magazine

    Have you ever read something great in a magazine and then been frustrated because you can't remember where you put it? Well, so have we! That's why we think it's a fabulous idea to have the entire publication available to read online! Simply click the link below and use the arrows to turn the pages. You can search by area, event, location, or advertiser.

    Click Here to Read Online

  • Out & About

    Out & About

    All dressed up and no where to go? With Out & About, you'll never have to utter (or hear) the words "I'm bored" again!  Use this resource to find oodles of fun things to do in specific areas of San Diego County.

    Click Here to Read Online

  • Flourishing Families

    Flourishing Families

    Resources for Families with Special Needs

    Flourishing Families is the Parent Resource Guide for Children with Special Needs that contains over 950 resources in San Diego County. Read informative articles that offer help and encouragement to families with special needs. Sign up to receive our bi-monthly eNewsletter, keeping you connected to current and relevant information in the community. Ready to get out of the house? When you join our online community, you'll also discover fun family-friendly activities and events.

    Click Here to Read Online

About Us

From its humble origins as a black & white, tabloid-style newspaper, the goal has been to "provide educational articles, resources & information with a focus on family issues."

Learn more.

Find Us On...

Join other parent enthusiasts on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and other social networks!

Advertising Information

Reach out to San Diego's biggest consumer segment and help your business grow!

Learn more.

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!