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Developing an Understanding for Numbers

January 12, 2021

“Listen! I can count! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! Want me to go higher?”

While rattling off and performing this riddle thrills the proud parents, a child’s ability to recite this abstract sequence does not indicate a mastery of numeracy any more than reciting the alphabet would indicate the ability to read.

A foundation in mathematics comes from an understanding of mathematical concepts. Far more than simply counting, this includes sorting, comparing, patterning, and classifying. These are all skills which can be encouraged through play with everyday objects or materials.

“A child who fails to build this foundation,” writes Dr. Marcy Guddemi, “will struggle once rote memorization is no longer sufficient.” Read more.