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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 […]

Hop to it: Practice patterns with hopscotch

Patterns are everywhere, and our brains are designed to find them and use them. We know that kids often work on patterns like “ABAB” or “ABCABC”, but why is that important? It turns out that this work with patterns lets children practice what might be the most essential pattern: “When this happens, then that happens.” […]

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 […]

Give your child a hand up in mathematical reasoning

Measurement is one of the most frequent real-world applications of mathematical reasoning. Although it’s a highly complex skill that bridges spatial relations and number concepts, research shows that conceptual measurement skills can be developed in the preschool years. Start by teaching your learner to measure the length of an object—like their bed, the kitchen table, […]

“X” marks the spot: Build spatial memory skills

Why are pirates so good at finding hidden treasure? Because of their strong spatial memory skills! Although spatial memory doesn’t make for very good jokes, it is an important skill for problem solving, giving directions, and yes, using maps (including treasure maps!). Help your 3- to 5-year-old develop this ability by inviting them on an […]

Sort it out: Organizing the world around us

The ability to organize the environment into groups allows humans to think critically about things they see, respond more efficiently to situations, and learn new information more quickly by relating it to existing knowledge. In children, these categorization skills relate strongly to language development and emergent math skills. To help your child practice categorization, first […]

Practice patterns through rhythm

Recognizing, following, and creating patterns is an important skill that prepares kids for early math learning and other important cognitive tasks, like problem solving and spatial reasoning. Patterns can exist almost anywhere, from colors that we see to rhythms that we hear. Engaging your child in a rhythm game allows them to explore patterns in […]

Puzzle power: Piecing together spatial reasoning

Puzzles are a fun way to pass the time, but did you know that they also help kids work on mental shape manipulation, which is important for future success in math, science, and problem solving?Mental shape manipulation, an aspect of spatial reasoning, is the ability to predict the transformation of two- and three-dimensional shapes in one’s mind.  The […]