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Our country is on its way to having all other developed countries beat the socks off us when it comes to engineering and research. Our colleges are turning out fewer native American graduates in these fields, and girls are dropping out almost entirely by early adolescence. It starts with our preschoolers and our attitudes toward science and math. Math appears to be the gateway to science, and it’s frightening how many people we hear say “I really never was any good at math.” Here are some tips from Spark your Child’s Success to help your child think mathematically:

• Expose your child to math with activities such as counting, measuring, combining, pacing off, and simple math such as addition and subtraction.

• Bring up math concepts using objects, paper, pencils, and the computer. Count the number of steps to the garage, the number of Cheerios in a bowl, or the number of windows in your house.

• Encourage your child’s “invented” strategies for thinking mathematically – counting on fingers, sharing equally (or unequally), figuring out how many more to get to a number.

• Don’t underestimate what your child can absorb. We’re doing physics in a few weeks. It’s not so complicated that it can’t be explained in a child’s terms.

• Bring math questions and concepts into everyday life. While preparing a meal, involve your child in the recipe’s math, or have your child calculate how many plates are needed to set the table. Watch the gas pump measure how much gas you get and calculate how much you owe.

Here are tips to encourage interest in science:

• Encourage a collection – rocks, buttons, dinosaurs, pressed flowers, insects.

• Broaden family outings to include science centers, zoos, museums, planetariums, and hikes. Houston has a wealth of community activities. Find out about the Children’s Museum, Museum of Health & Medical Sciences, the Houston Zoo, Museum of Natural Science, George Observatory, the Space Center, and Jesse Jones Park.

• Seize learning opportunities in everyday life. Take an extra five minutes to study the caterpillar on a leaf or count the petals of a flower. Instead of asking your child if she can see a spider web in the window, ask why the spider placed it there.

The most important thing is that you like knowing “why” and “how”. Your child will follow your lead.

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