Helping Your Preschooler Build Early Math Skills

 In Family Time Tips & Tools, In Our Classrooms, Pre-K, Preschool

They’re not quite ready for algebraic equations, but your child has been learning early math concepts since infancy! Children explore math concepts every day in our Day Early Learning classrooms, and that exploration is about much more than just learning 1, 2, 3’s. Throughout their day, Day Early Learning students discover concepts like measuring, shapes, spatial relationships, sorting and classifying, patterns, and sequences.

That growth happens in our classrooms AND at home. Keep reading to see what math learning looks like in our preschool and pre-K classrooms and get tips to encourage math learning during family time — no complicated worksheets needed!  


preschool sorting activity mathPreschoolers are developing a deeper understanding of mathematical relationships. Below are a few examples of math learning you’ll see in our preschool classrooms

  • Children use tools that allow them to measure objects such as scales, rulers, measuring tapes, clocks, timers and measuring cups.
  • Teachers use words to describe position and location, such as under and over, up and down, or above and below.
  • Teachers read books, sing songs and read nursery rhymes that include numbers.
  • Children explore size and shape with toys such as blocks.
  • Teachers count along with children and touch each object as they count.

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preschool mathIn our pre-K classrooms, children use math to solve problems, create plans and interpret the world around them. Below are a few examples of math learning you will see in our pre-K classrooms.

  • Children play board games that provide opportunities to count and compare quantities.
  • Children help set the table — counting items to ensure that each member of the class has what they need.
  • Teachers encourage children to talk about the sequence of events.
  • Children are asked to measure and compare objects. “Let’s see how much our plant grew this week. Can you measure how tall it is?”
  • Teachers plan activities for children to create and extend patterns.
  • Teachers help children name and write numbers 0-10.
  • Children use position terms such as above, below, beside and between.


Try it at home:


Curious about how we work on different areas of development in our classrooms? Explore more about our preschool and pre-K curriculum today!


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