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Would you talk "Math" language with your kids?

A study published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology showed that it is possible to help toddlers become familiar with number words that can promote their interest in math later on. And another study, published in Developmental Psychology in 2010, showed that the frequency of number talk in the children’s homes had a big impact on how well the youngsters understood basic mathematical concepts such as the cardinal number principle and alike. Some practical suggestions are: - use numbers when dealing with dates, or temperatures - ask children to count how many toys they’re playing with or how many pieces of food are on their plate etc.

Seeking Opinion Child Development , Education 3 years ago
Roberto Catanuto expert
Roberto Catanuto
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Alejandra Peres expert
Alejandra Peres Founder of KidSmarter Lake Forest, US
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Yes! This reminds me of the Singapore Math Method? This method prompts students to learn and master fewer math concepts. Kids learn math in a three step process: (1) "concrete" by manipulating objects such as counting or adding them, so applying the use of numbers at home and in their daily life applies so well to this step; (2) "pictorial" by drawing and interpreting numbers; and (3) abstract by understanding and applying these previous steps in their minds. If you apply math to their daily language, they will learn it and understand better than forcing them to memorize. Thanks!

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