Teaching early math skills to little ones

MOMSEVERYDAY -- New research suggests that understanding patterns and being able to compare quantities are not beyond little learners, and may also help prepare students for math success.

Bethany Rittle-Johnson is an education psychologist at Vanderbilt University. She and her colleagues wanted to know if counting, comparing quantities. and patterning at age 4 and 5 would predict math achievement at age 11.

"The way that I think this is done well is when it’s just kind of incorporated into the fun things you’re doing," Rittle-Johnson says.

The study suggests patterning and comparing quantities should get more attention in school than they currently do. Playing card games, crafts, and building blocks can help.