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Math is Everywhere - Math Talk Prepares Toddlers for the World

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Parents who talk about big ideas in math prepare their children to do well in school and at home. What are big math ideas? 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.

Babies’ brains are practically born understanding the big ideas of more/no more or same/different. Toddlers play with math concepts, but they need parents to give them the words. When parents repeat math words, they help children grow from counting their toes into confident mathematicians. Parents who fear math can teach their child math words like circle, sphere, curved, straight, empty, full. Say what you see a child do. It is a process, not a test.

The Gift of Math: 12 Math Conversation Starters for Parents and Young Children is a book based on recent research about how babies and toddlers learn Math Talk. See Or go to our partner Play Smart Literacy at share literacy games, play videos and make contact with play coaches on Chicago’s South Side.

Please consider giving The Gift of Math and The Gift of Words to every parent. For discounts on bulk orders of 100 books or more, please call 773-327-0806.


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