How collections improve math skills
posted on September 15 2014
One Christmas I really burst my parents bubble. They worked so hard to bring a massive dollhouse all the way to Argentina, we were moving there. So they bought it in the States and flew it alongside our luggage, 13 hours south. I remember two towering trolleys at check-in (the golden days before luggage restrictions). They managed to keep it a surprise until I unwrapped the big parcel on Christmas eve and sighed, "Oh what I really wanted was a bunch of pencils and stickers".
I feel so bad now when I think of it but that's what I was into at the time, I had a super cherished collection of pencils, stickers and stationary and I wanted to add to it.
Turns out that collecting is a great part of child development.
Experts agree that encouraging children to start a collection is a great way to teach them how to abstract, sort and classify, see patterns as well as how to look after something and care for it.
Monica Cardoza, author of Child's Play: Enriching Your Child's Interests, From Rocket Science to Rock Climbing, Stamp Collecting to Sculpture says that collecting instills a sense of ownership and pride. In this article in Parents magazine she explains, "all those hours they put into counting, sorting, labeling, categorizing, and organizing are actually exercising their math skills."
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