How to Teach Math the Short Way

Nature provides babies with millions of neurons for learning math. However, nature depends on parents and families to identify and name the math in everyday situations. For example, “short” describes relationships among people, shirtsleeves, songs, naps and rainstorms. It takes thousands of short experiences to understand the math of “short.” Without parents to give them the abstract word “short,” children could not get it that songs, naps and rainstorms can all be short. Kno

Everyday Words are Math Words

What do empty, full, same, and different have in common? They are all concepts you can teach using math talk. Learn how to teach your child to name math concepts they encounter in their play and as they explore the world. Much of what children experience in their daily activities, like drinking a glass of juice or spilling a glass of milk, can be linked to higher level math ideas of full and empty. Turn spilt milk into a math experience. Repeating the words to accompany their

Jump Start Your Baby’s Math Brain

Children are born with the capacity to understand abstract math ideas like “more.” When you talk about more milk, more applesauce or more sleep, you teach them to name complex ideas like quantity, a higher level math concept. This makes the math they will encounter later in school meaningful. Our workbook, The Gift of Math: Twelve Math Conversation Starters for Parents and Young Children is based on recent research about how babies and toddlers learn Math Talk. It is availabl

Teach Children That the World is Organized through Math Play

What is Math Talk? Math is more than numbers. It is an abstract way of solving problems. Math uses patterns, measurement, logic and order to describe space, time and other relationships. Math Talk teaches children to name and understand math concepts in order to make sense of the world around them. Our workbook, The Gift of Math: Twelve Math Conversation Starters for Parents and Young Children is based on recent research about how babies and toddlers learn Math Talk. It is av

Play Teaches Children to Solve Math Problems

Babies’ brains are born to understand big math ideas such as more/no more or same/different. When they play, they use these ideas but they need their parents to name them. Even parents who fear math can teach their child math words like near, far, circle, sphere, curve, straight, empty, full. Say what you see a child do. It is a process, not a test. Our workbook, The Gift of Math: Twelve Math Conversation Starters for Parents and Young Children is based on recent research abo

Math is Everywhere

Toddlers play with math ideas, but they need parents to name the concepts.