As your child grows and develops, they will begin to pick up a number of skills from social and cognitive abilities to literacy and numeracy. These skills are crucial to their future success and you should encourage this development wherever possible. However, at times it is difficult to best understand when you should push your child to develop these skills or when you should take a step back.
It is important to understand that every child learns at their own rate, with some children picking up words faster than numbers. Other children being more orientated toward numbers. As a result, if you believe that your child is particularly slow at picking up numbers there should be no need for concern.
When can I introduce my child to numbers?
You can begin introducing your child to the idea of numbers as early as twelve-months of age. This can be done by playing. For example asking how many beads they are holding, as well as through the use of songs and rhymes.
During this period, your child will make many mistakes when it comes to numbers- this is completely normal! It is the way that humans learn and soon your child will begin to recite the correct numbers without any help.
What age do kids learn to count to ten?
By the age of 2 years old, your child will usually learn how to count up to 10. They may possibly skip numbers whilst they are doing so. Once your child has learnt to count up to 10, they will begin labelling objects with numbers. For example, stating that there are ‘7 blocks’ or ‘3 teddy bears.’
During this process, they will begin to actually understand the concept behind numbers and the ways in which they work. This period of time is one for them to experience numbers in ‘real-life’ and should be treated as a fun and exciting stage. Between the ages of 3 and 4, your child will begin to understand the idea behind adding and subtracting numbers.
For example, you could remove or add one napkin to the table. Or add another piece of fruit to their bowl and ask what the new number is. This will help to reinforce the concept of numbers through the use of objects in your child’s everyday environment. Much like the other stages, your child will make many mistakes. All of which should be supported to help your child understand numbers rather than fear them.
During each of these phases, the most important factor is that you and your child have fun. Learning is a fun experience for all of those involved and so teaching your child about numbers should be an enjoyable time for you both.