Early Math

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Tips & Facts

  • Use daily routines to introduce your child to math skills in an informal and fun way. Let your child help you measure ingredients for a recipe or count steps, light poles, etc. as you walk.

  • If you demonstrate a positive attitude toward math, your children are more likely to have a positive attitude, as well.

  • Help build your children’s math skills by making comparisons like more than/less than, bigger/smaller, near/far, and over/under in informal ways throughout your day.

  • Children learn math best through hands-on games and projects. Collect small objects like old keys, plastic bottle caps, pennies, buttons, blocks, or small toys and use them to do hands-on counting and sorting activities with your child.

  • Read, tell stories, and sing songs that include numbers and counting. Ask your child to use counting to answer questions like "How many bunnies do you see?"

  • Help your child learn to count from 1-10 in whatever language you speak at home. Show them that the written number “3” means three objects — and the same with numerals 1-5.