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Practice number ordering with pipe cleaners

Ordinality refers to the principle that written and spoken numbers are part of a sequence that goes from smallest to largest. Although it can be learned fairly young, it takes time to integrate with other conceptual math concepts, like cardinality and numeral recognition. For example, children can learn the order of numbers before they know what […]

Right on the button: Understanding cardinality

September 27, 2014

Want a quick and easy way to determine how well your child understands cardinality? (Cardinality refers to the number of items in a set and is fundamental to basic math operations like addition and subtraction!) All you need is a table, a small towel or napkin, and at least ten small items, such as buttons. […]

An easy way to enhance counting activities

Like a puzzle, part-whole thinking requires the ability to process a whole object, the discrete parts within it, and the relations among the parts and the whole. Research has shown that part-whole thinking relates to many areas of mathematical reasoning, including counting, early arithmetic, and geometry. Research also suggests that one simple tweak of language […]

The language of numbers: Everyday math learning

Want to improve your child’s understanding of math?  Start by verbalizing the math that is all around them!  Research has shown that engaging in “math talk” greatly improves their skills and deepens their comprehension.  Many everyday activities involve basic math concepts like measurement and counting principles, including one-to-one correspondence (that each item must be counted exactly one […]