I want to teach my toddler numbers, but where do I even start? Mastering maths is such a BIG skill from when they start school, I’d better start getting all the foundations laid down!
Well parents, cool down and don’t stress your little one out just yet. Teaching toddlers about numbers involves patience. For sure, they’re not going to be able to master it overnight! As parents, we need to first of all adjust our expectations, let our children take the lead, and break learning down into progressive stages to introduce numbers to our kids. Not to forget, it’s more important to make learning fun to ignite that curiosity to learn which would definitely go a longer mile in your child’s numeracy development.
Read on to find out more!
When to start introducing numbers?
You can start right from when they are babies!
Sing nursery rhymes about numbers. There are so many songs about numbers, here are just a few of my favourites:
Read Storybooks about Numbers. Here are some of my favourites:
Count along as you go about your daily activities!
Talk & communicate to your child as often as you can. E.g. I’m now wearing your socks, one sock, two sock! Let’s count your fingers 1,2,3,4,5! How many toys do you have? 1,2,3!
How do I help my toddler understand numbers?
Once your toddler is able to start speaking, he or she may attempt to count along with you as you engage them in your usual reading or nursery rhymes. Encourage them to do so! At this stage, they are probably ready to be exposed to more activities on numbers.
Here are tips for making learning progressive for toddlers and what you can focus on at each stage of readiness: