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- Make It Count
- Use Math Talk
- Count by Rote
- Teach Meaningful Counting
- Introduce Rational Counting
- Add and Subtract Items in a Given Set
- Demonstrate How to Classify Objects
- Compare Objects
- Model Estimating
- Teach Patterning and Sequencing
- Practice Measuring
- Help Your Child Learn to Recognize and Write Numbers
Make It Count
Though they can't always articulate them, children have a basic knowledge of mathematical concepts long before they begin kindergarten. Toddlers, for example, often sort objects as a form of play. Even before they have the vocabulary to describe what is going on, they can understand that one pile of blocks has more than another, or that Mommy is big and they are small. Older children can grasp the ideas of size, weight, number, and order.
Parents can help their children become ready to learn math when they enter school by introducing various activities and vocabulary into their daily lives. Here are some suggestions to help you along.