Research shows that the more math language children hear, the more they understand early math concepts. What can you do with babies and toddlers? Start talking about math!
The words below represent simple concepts across the six domains of early math. While of course young children won’t understand these right away, when they hear you use these words over time, toddlers begin to develop an early understanding of what they mean.
Not as much/many
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – etc.
One more (Or: two more, etc.)
One less (Or, two less or two fewer, etc.)
On top of
In front of
Describe patterns that you see and use the word “pattern”: Your shirt has a pattern—blue stripe, red stripe, blue stripe, red stripe.
First, Next, Last
Can you do it like me? (For example, when you are clapping your hands in a simple beat.)
Here are some words that introduce children to the notion of relative sizes, distances, temperatures, etc. Non-standard measurement (such as measuring length with a wooden block) and standard measurement (such as measuring length with a ruler) skills will come later at ages four years and up.
Grades of Measurement – adding “-er”: