The Development of Mathematical Thinking

At DreamBox learning we want to support teachers and parents in their commitment to their students’ math education. So we’ve created this math development timeline to help you understand the cognitive development and the appropriate math concepts children should be learning at each age from 4 to 8 years old. And we’ve suggested some appropriate ways that you can support math learning at each stage of development.

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The Developing Mind From Ages 4–8

Your Four Year Old

  • Cognitive development
  • Math learning at age four
  • Activities

Your Five Year Old

  • Cognitive development
  • Math learning at age five
  • Activities

Your Six Year Old

  • Cognitive development
  • Math learning at age six
  • Activities

Your Seven Year Old

  • Cognitive development
  • Math learning at age seven
  • Activities

Your Eight Year Old

  • Cognitive development
  • Math learning at age eight
  • Activities

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