How to Help Your Young Child with Math
- Count frequently. Find things to count everyday and everywhere, and in every way. Count in the car, in the store, and at the park.
- Count real objects. Whether it's cookies, coins, toys, or something else, encourage your child to say the number as he touches each object.
- Sometimes children slip or double count objects. If this happens, have your child move each object into a "counted" pile.
- Finger counting is ok. Don't worry if your child uses his or her fingers for counting. Fingers are the best mathematical tools children have.
- Beyond basic counting: Once your child has mastered basic counting, start practicing counting by twos, threes, fours, fives, and so on.
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