Studies show that children who are exposed to math early on are more likely to do well in school, not only in math but in other subjects as well1. And the benefits are likely to continue throughout their lives.
Math comprehension instills confidence
It isn’t yet certain why this is true, but some strong connections can be drawn. Early math instruction engages a young child’s natural intellectual curiosity, which helps them make meaning of the world around them. This gives them a certain amount of confidence to begin with. They also have an advantage when they enter school with some math knowledge simply because the concepts aren’t new to them. As a result, they may receive positive feedback from their teachers when they answer questions correctly. This instills in them a belief that they are good at math, whereas children who are learning it for the first time may, by comparison, come to believe that they aren’t good at math.2