Early Childhood Math

Feb 28, 2019 | Crowfoot

Math is more than just addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. Most math skills are so intuitive to adults that you might not even think of them as belonging to the same category as algebra or trigonometry. Kids start learning math much earlier than you might think.


Even the youngest child understands some of the core concepts of math. Matching shapes, seeing patterns or stacking rings by size can be implemented in day-to-day play.


Toddlers have a wonderful time learning early math skills. You can begin exploring concepts such as big, small, one, and many. Start counting with your toddlers to get them familiar with core number concepts. Sing counting songs. Count your steps, hops, or leaps on the playground.


Between the ages of 3 and 5, children will become much more familiar with the numbers in their environment. Start a math dialogue with your children, this could be during mealtime or while you’re driving.  There is also endless counting books with great visuals.

Early Elementary Math

Between the ages of 5 and 7, your child will start working on simple addition and subtraction problems and basic fractions. Money and time will suddenly have concrete meanings. Counting by ones transitions into skip counting by twos, tens and fives.


When it comes to math, the early-the better! Set your environment with rich resources and allow for play and imagination!  For a closer look at other math activities you can do with your children, see the brochure, “Math Tips for Parents Grades K-5”, available at your Crowfoot Mathnasium Learning Centre.