Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Exposure to Numbers at a Young Age, Why?

OK, I’ll admit it, I am a math geek. And my sassy momma (One Sassy Grandma) may have something to do with it…

Exposing your children to math concepts and numbers at a young age is a great way to give them a jump start. Don’t worry, we know your tot is young, but it’s never too early to start exposing them to math. In this post, we’ll talk about why math concepts are important for your little one. In our next post, we’ll provide some great ideas and activities to help you get started.

Math comes before words: Even before your baby starts to speak, she is beginning to think about space and time. Studies have shown that even at 9-months old, your baby is sensitive to ‘more than’ or ‘less than’ relations in terms of object size and number.

Early teaching may help your baby:
You can help your baby’s brain develop by teaching your baby basic math concepts. Some studies even show that you can help instill a desire to learn in your little one by starting them early with spatial and number recognition.

Skills to develop:
Don’t start off with anything too complicated- save the calculus and trigonometry until your baby is at least 3 years old! 3 concepts I recommend working on are: observation- to help your baby learn to focus, categorization by physical characteristics, and comparison- this skill is crucial.

In our next post, I’ll provide specific questions and activities to help you get started!