Ever thought: “I’m not a math person”? No matter your confidence level, you can still teach your child early math skills. Young children are able to learn more complicated things than you realize. Numbers are only one part of the equation. Children don’t need calculus, but they do need to learn about counting, patterning, comparing, sorting, measuring, and positioning.
Interestingly enough, literacy provides ways to help bring these skills into your child’s life. Think about all of the rhymes and songs that include five things that are counted up or down – that’s the beginning of addition and subtraction! Retelling a story teaches the basic pattern of beginning, middle, and ending. When you point out the letters on a street sign, you can also identify the sign by its shape.
Remember that you are your child’s first teacher, and there are so many natural ways to bring simple math into your everyday activities.