# Essential Pre-Math Skills

It is often easier for toddlers to understand a math concept if they experience it concretely first and if they can connect it to their daily life experiences.  I’ve seen this approach work with my kids. Therefore, I try to avoid worksheets when they are little until they have a good grasp of pre-math concepts.

• Knows shapes and can identify shapes in his environment.
• Identifies numbers (1 to 10 or more) and understands that numbers are symbols that represent how many. For example: * * * is 3.
• Makes comparisons (ex. fewer or more)
• Understands positions (inside and outside, left and right, left, middle and right, above and below, top and bottom, under)
• Classifies based on attributes (ex. sorting by same color, same size, same texture, etc.)
• Can follow a simple sequence or pattern
• Familiar enough with local currency to identify 25 cents, 1 peso, ten pesos, etc.
• Differentiates between size (long and short, tall and short, light and heavy, holds more or less, wide and narrow)

Ideas for you (videos):

Some examples of materials that encourage pre-math skills in our home: (Most of these images are linked. Just click on the image.)