Math = Success

Did you know that early success in math leads to stronger reading skills? It's true!

The Center for Childhood Creativityopens a new window addresses this fact in their white paper, "Reimagining School Readinessopens a new window." Below is a list of easy ways you can work math into your everyday routine.

Talk It Up: Use math terms when you add or subtract items, so children will have an easier time grasping concepts when they're older.
Quantity Is Quality: Counting on fingers is A-OK! It shows each object gets its own number.
Blocked In: Block play explores engineering, spatial awareness and cause and effect.
Now We're Cooking: Math in the form of measuring is the name of the game!
I'm Sensing a Theme: Patterns are an early math concept. Find a group of objects and sort them in different ways.
I Just Know It: Fill a jar with objects and ask your child to guess how many are inside and then count them together.
Fold Your Cards: Paper folding is a simple way to work on geometry. Grab an old newspaper or recycled mail and fold. For

a bonus, rip the shapes in half along the fold lines and compare.

Tea for Two: Count a pile of objects by twos, fives and tens! Model turn taking by counting two for you and two for your child.
See for Yourself: Experience math in nature. Count petals on a flower, see the symmetry of a clover and note how perfect snowflakes are.
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