(Written by Kristen Thomas and Edited by Elle Yi) Foundational skills are essential in all school subject areas. For preschool children what math skills look like is vastly different from grade level mathematics. Learning at this stage is developing a language, sense of quantity, patterns, and number sense.
Most parents have no issue in naming days of the week, body parts, numbers, and items around the home. An additional layer is needed to develop math language in toddlers. Unless a parent has a job or speaks of common basic math terms directly, a toddler rarely hears math language until they enter a classroom.
A common way to start is when cooking or building a parent can show and name the measurement tools they use. Unless an adult gives it meaning a teaspoon, a cup, or a measuring tape simply look like wonderful toys to examine. A few moments conversation when encountering numbers would make a world of difference. We are surrounded by numbers. Numbers are in our vehicles, on street signs, money, and advertisements. Make it a habit to point out abbreviations, symbols, and meaning of that number in that situation. [Read more...]