The ability to count, detect patterns, use spatial reasoning and understand the quantities of different numbers creates a foundation for mathematical reasoning and later math learning.
Most people think of early math as counting and basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). But for children, the study of math includes numeracy, operations, geometry and many other skills that become essential for navigating mathematical situations that arise every day. Early math learning creates a foundation for the much more complex math that lies ahead. Early numeracy involves children developing a sense for how big or small a number is relative to other numbers, and how to use numbers to quantify sets of objects (e.g., counting). The ability to detect patterns helps with later algebraic reasoning, and the ability to identify simple shapes in their world helps children with spatial reasoning tasks.
Learn how to incorporate math into everyday activities. tip >
Sing this adorable counting song to the tune of This Old Man. printable >
This printable activity requires your child to identify numbers that are greater than or less than one another to solve the maze.
Play the card game “War” to give your child practice with greater than and less than.activity >
Focus your mighty mathematics skills to kick, chop and think your way through a sea of hidden dangers.
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