Here are examples of questions that parents might ask during conversations with you about early mathematics. We offer ideas for how to respond, as well as suggested links for more information.
Questions About Early Math and School Preparation
Early math happens throughout the day, no paper and pencil needed. These short articles describe how young children talk and think about early math topics, such as counting and patterns, in their daily lives.
Questions About Positive Math Attitudes
Children develop attitudes about math by watching what their parents say and do. You can learn to enjoy math yourself when you discover that it’s fun, useful, and important! These articles can help you with strategies for modeling positive math attitudes. These blog posts show how you can incorporate math in fun ways using games or by playing cards.
Questions About How Children Develop Math Skills
Before they can talk, children listen, notice, and begin to understand what we say, what we show them, and how we explain things. These videos show some different ways to talk about math with young children and engage them in math activities.
Knowing what math to try out helps parents learn what their child can do (and what their child is still learning). This short article explains what the mathematical expectations are for young children. You could also check your state’s Department of Education website to see if your state has published early childhood learning standards in mathematics.
If your child is doing math, you can point out what they’re doing to emphasize and reinforce the work. If your child is trying to solve a problem, you can help them figure out how to do it!