Reveal the Hidden Math

Math is everywhere! Here are some ways to find it.

Notice the Math

In your daily conversations when you see or talk about:

  • Adding and subtracting
  • Measuring
  • Numbers and counting
  • Patterns
  • Shapes, space, and location

Talk About the Math

Talking about math helps build children’s math vocabulary, which helps develop their mathematical thinking.

Model and Praise Problem-Solving

  • Talk out loud to show how you solve a math problem. Say: “There’s one for you, one for me, and one for Ashley, so that’s three!”
  • Focus on your children’s problem-solving instead of whether they are right or wrong.
  • Offer specific praise for your children’s effort. Say: “You’re really figuring that out!”

Ask Questions

To encourage deeper thinking, ask:

  • How can we figure it out?
  • What’s another way we can try?
  • What do you notice?
  • What’s the same? What’s different?
  • How do you know?
  • Tell me what you’re thinking!