Why is it important to teach math to preschoolers? Math concepts spill over into every area of preschool learning. Kids who have learned basic math concepts by the time they reach Kindergarten are better able to understand abstract thought using concrete, real-world concepts. Let’s look at specific areas of learning how math concepts help your preschooler.
Get That Brain Working
Learning math concepts is a step-by-step process that develops logical and abstract thinking. Preschoolers apply both logical thought and abstract thinking when they’re learning how to write letters and numbers. That logical and abstract thinking also allows young kids to analyze what’s around them and ask questions to gain knowledge about the world.
Math in Play Connection
A benefit of learning step-by-step math process is teaching young children to think in an organized, systematic way. This way of thinking spills over into day-to-day dramatic play. Let’s say your preschooler is using their imagination to be a baker in their own bakery. Remembering back to helping you bake at home and knowing how buying and selling works from visiting a bakery or a grocery store, kids will use an organized, systematic approach to making their baked goods and selling them to you! Thinking in an organized, systematic way can help your preschooler to get their toys put away in the right places, too!
Where’s the math connection to science? One of the building blocks of science is classifying and grouping together objects that have different attributes. Preschoolers learn these concepts through sorting objects around them. Sorting objects is a building block of algebra.
Raise a Reader with Math
Math vocabulary and knowledge also helps with reading comprehension because kids are developing a language bank to call upon when they’re learning to read. Words will make sense when they’re reading, and kids can picture a mental image of what they’re reading.
A Math Bonus is Geometry
One last contribution of math – a building block of both geometry and physics is learning shapes. Could there be a future architect or artist in your family?