Math Tips for Parents of Preschoolers

How to take advantage of everyday learning opportunities to build a lifelong love of math

A spate of studies over the last decade or so indicate that the mathematics knowledge children develop before entering elementary school is critical to their academic success down the road. In fact, a growing body of research confirms that “early math skills matter.” And, children who start school with poor math skills seldom catch up.

If you have a preschooler at home, now is the perfect time to start building a solid foundation for lifelong learning and a love of math. And, the good news is that you don’t need textbooks or special tools to teach your kids about numbers and what they represent. Pretty much everything you need to introduce basic math concepts is literally right at your fingertips.

According to Dr. Ann Gervasoni, Associate Professor of Numeracy at Monash University, “the critical thing for families to do is to notice, explore, and discuss mathematical ideas like ‘more’ and ‘less’ as part of everyday life.”

At DreamBox, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of easy activities families can do together to help little ones develop early math skills and positive attitudes before they ever step into a classroom. Bookmark this page and come back to it when you’re looking for fresh ways to reinforce math basics like counting, sorting, recognizing shapes and sizes, and developing problem-solving skills. Remember, early math exposure is crucial for later success in math. Give your kids the head start they deserve with fun, math-related games that instill confidence and help to cultivate their natural curiosity.

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