Supporting Early Math Development

Math for young children consists of three areas:  counting, shapes and patterns.   By taking opportunities during everyday activities to count up and down, notice patterns and play with shapes, parents and caregivers are helping children get the foundation they need in order to start school and learn addition/subtraction, algebra, and geometry.

Math is everywhere and adults can help children see it by counting cars or steps when talking a walk, noticing patterns when building with Legos, counting scoops of flour when baking, looking at shapes when doing a puzzle, counting fingers when taking a bath and much more!

For tips, resources and a list of children’s books with math, click on the links below:

Math Techniques          Math Key Messages and Books

Remember to have fun while doing math with young children!