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# The Elements of Preschool Math

Math is one of the most important subjects that children learn in school today. With an increase in fields requiring skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), local, state and federal initiatives are expanding the rigor and quality of math education in public schools. The jobs of the future are going to be highly skilled and math based. So, for both their academic and employment future, it’s important that your child get a head start with preschool math fundamentals.

Preschool is a time of transition and change for both you and your child. Your child will be absorbing many new facts

and figures, making friends and learning how to learn. And you get to experience the joy, excitement and fun of watching your child become the little scholar you know they can be. Along with letters, song and dance, your child will learn counting and numbers, preparing them for future math education in kindergarten and grade school.

## How is Preschool Math Taught?

Like many preschool subjects, preschool math is taught primarily by play, games and song. Preschool math curriculum is designed to introduce the child to number and many of the everyday uses of number. As adults, we forget how thoroughly numbers are a part of our lives. From the date to the time, numbers are everywhere. The purpose of preschool math is to expose children to the concept of number and engage some of the ways we use it in everyday life.

## What are Children Taught in Preschool Math?

The beginning of preschool math education is the introduction to numbers, counting and number recognition. Games are used to help the preschooler recognize the numbers, learn to count and match numbers to their names. Children will learn to count the days of the school year, will be put into numbered groups and will begin to learn the concept of time and date.

Some of these mathematical concepts, however, are too hard for young learners to fully grasp. At this age, there is not too much to worry about if your child is struggling with numbers and their associated concepts. Telling time on a clock, for example, because it uses two sets of 12 distinguished by a.m and p.m. to account for a 24 hour day, introduces a second layer of possible confusion for a first time learner. Preschool math will give your child the building blocks of to learn further in kindergarten and grade school.

## Preschool Math at ABC Academy Jackson

At ABC Academy Jackson, we are devoted to fostering a love of learning through all our preschool and pre-kindergarten programs. Our programs are designed to teach the skills necessary for the child to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. All our classes maintain a child to teacher ratio of no more than 12:1, which ensures that your child is receiving the individualized learning they deserve. All three ABC Academy  locations in Jackson Michigan have a preschool program that will teach your child the basics of math through a rich and engaging curriculum. Come check out our program offerings and contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!