Here are some ways you can help teach important math skills:

Use measurements. Talk about weight, height, temperature, and time: “Let’s put 1 teaspoon of sugar in this tea” or “You’re 3 feet tall!”

Practice grouping. Your child might help you sort laundry by color. Or you might separate items into categories (clothes and towels).

Ask questions. Your child may be able to solve problems that involve small numbers: “I have one cookie, and you have one cookie. How many cookies does that make?”

Play games. You might ask your child to figure out which type of fruit you bought the most of at the grocery store. Or ask her to sort the fruit by type.

Use numbers. Whenever you have the chance, mention numbers in conversation. For example, “We need three potatoes. One, two, three.” “We live two houses away from Karen.”

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