Tips and Tidbits

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.” […]

A story to remember: 3 steps to improve working memory

Children are continuously processing and learning new information, much of which is stored as working memory. Working memory lets us keep small amounts of information in our minds for just long enough to help us complete cognitive tasks, so it has great implications for children’s development and education. As adults, we often try to remember […]

Boost social skills with a quick game of ‘Questions’

Social skills are an essential part of a child’s development, not just for the joy of being able to make friends and maintain relationships, but also for academic success. Research shows that children who successfully make friends tend to enjoy school more, engage more in classroom projects and activities, and perform better than their less […]