Foundational math skills are an important part of early learning and kindergarten readiness, and number sense is the first step in math awareness. It describes the basics of learning about numbers, including counting, in order to understand the relationship between numbers. This week we share three different activities that use budget-friendly materials to enhance counting, number sense, and 1:1 correspondence skills among early learners.
Introducing math skills helps set young children on the path to future academic success. You’ll find lots of great early math ideas at DREME (Development and Research in Early Math Education), an online source for research, resources, and activities that support ECE professionals seeking to effectively and successfully introduce early math skills to young learners.
A lot of early math skills can be taught to our youngest learners through everyday play and interactions. By drawing children’s attention to numbers, shapes, and patterns throughout the day, children will begin to develop an understanding of early math skills and concepts. To get started, we are sharing videos from Zero to Three with tips and ideas.
Infants and toddlers love to spend time reading books with their caregivers. Reading with infants is an all-in-one activity that develops early literacy skills, engages their observation and communication skills, and even exposes them to early math concepts. Books that emphasize shapes and geometric patterns give caregivers the opportunity to point out the shapes and patterns while they are reading.
Last week, First 5 of Alameda County hosted a workshop in partnership with Tandem Early Learning about kindergarten-readiness and helping young learners build a strong foundation of early math skills. The team of Good2Know Network was in attendance and enjoyed learning from both the presenters and the event participants. Most of the activities used free or recycled materials and items that many classrooms or centers already have handy!
Preschool often emphasizes early literacy as part of kindergarten readiness while forgetting that number sense and basic math concepts are also important skills. Early introduction to math concepts will set children up for later academic and professional success.