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Let's Talk About Math

The math we do with our children before they start school lays the foundation for the rest of their lives. They are learning much more than just counting and numbers!

We often talk about the importance of reading to our children but we don’t very often talk about the importance of doing math with them. Our babies and toddlers are developing a math vocabulary with along with the names of the objects around them.

Just as our children need to develop skills to learn to read and write, they also need to develop number sense and an early understanding of concepts like bigger/smaller and more/fewer..

The math we do with our children before they start school lays the foundation for the rest of their lives. They are learning much more than just counting and numbers!

We need to help children discover that math is fun while they are still young by asking them to discover patterns, recognize shapes and later on numbers. By using math in their daily lives, our children will learn that math is useful and meaningful. We can ask them to sort objects according to size, shape or colour. They can count toys, socks, dishes, cutlery, birds, cars and mailboxes!


We can measure items around the house and distances as we walk. Later on we can ask them to guess the distance or the capacity of a jug or container. Building structures helps to develop spatial relations while games like Chutes and Ladders has been found to significantly improve math skills. Card games make number concepts fun and can be a great family activity.

Just as we need to practice riding a bike, learning to swim or kick a ball, we also need to practice math skills.

Providing qualified families with knowledge, materials, and instruction to prepare their pre-school children for success in school and in life.

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