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. Knowing the big idea of short must come before a child can count the number of short shirtsleeves people are wearing or can balance a budget.

Teach your child math concepts as they encounter them in their play. It can be short.


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 available for pre-order from Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Release date August 28. Learn more about the book, The Gift of Math: Twelve Math Conversation Starters for Parents and Young Children at www.talktomemama.com or www.Facebook.com/talktomemama and check in with our partner www.playsmartliteracy.org.


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