The Essential Guide to Preschool Math

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Updated on Apr 17, 2014

Wondering what preschoolers should know when it comes to mathematical concepts, and how best to help them? Here's our essential guide to all things preschool math, plus expert book picks to make learning fun!

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What math concepts are preschoolers ready to explore? Learn what's on offer in preschool mathematics with this overview of preschool math skills, from number operations and measurement to shapes and patterning, plus get ideas for practicing math skills at home.

Preschool Math: Mastering Number Recognition and Counting

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Preschool Math: Exploring Patterns

Times tables, addition and skip counting all require an understanding of and proficiency in patterning. In preschool, identifying and creating patterns is just the beginning of the mastery of life-long mathematical skills. Learn how to use the world around you and objects from around the house to introduce your child to patterning and give him a head start in mathematical thinking.

Preschool Math: All Sorts of Sorting!

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Preschool Practice: Shapes and Colors!

Although recognizing objects as red or blue, round or square might seem like child’s play, it’s actually integral to a young child’s cognitive development, and sets the stage for math concepts from sorting and patterning to geometry, and beyond! Learn how to help your young learner master colors and shapes.

Developmental Milestones for Preschool Mathematics

From number operations and geometric and spatial sense to measurement and analyzing data, preschool math has a lot on offer. Learn about preschool math milestones from 3 to 4 years, 4 to 4 1/2, and 4 1/2 to 5 years.

Child Development Tracker: Mathematics From Age 3 to 4

Delve deep into the specific math skills that preschoolers age 3 to 4 explore, from specifics on which numbers they should know to what's normal in patterns, reasoning and number operation skills.

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Preschool Books for Learning to Love Math

"Books about math and numbers are really fun to read aloud, as you can pause together and play counting games, or talk and think together about where in the world your child is seeing numbers and math connections every day," says Pam Allyn, author of What to Read When and Executive Director of Litlife, a national organization dedicated to literacy education.

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