The Birth of a Book Habit
- As adults, we use basic math language all the time, without realizing it. Remember to use those basic math skills when speaking to your baby. We always use words (measurement) such as big and little and use patterns to explain the order of daily routines and activities (“We brush our teeth after breakfast”). Talk to your baby about using math concepts, “I see a big ball,” or “Look at that little dog,” or even “We are going to grandma’s after naptime.” Math concept conversations will help babies become more observant, learn oral language skills and give new meaning to the world around them.
- Even without our support, infants and toddlers use math concepts to make sense of their world. Babies tell us—often dramatically—that they know the difference between familiar and unfamiliar adults (sorting and classifying). Babies can use great math skills such as signing the words more when indicating more food or a drink. Toddlers try to climb into boxes of various sizes (spatial relationships) and say words and phrases from familiar stories or songs that use repetition (patterns).
- Building with blocks is a great way to introduce math concepts to your baby. Your baby might enjoy watching you make a tower. Soon he’ll be knocking it over, and eventually he’ll start to put one block on top of the other all by himself. Count the blocks. Talk about height/weight, colors, shapes. Babies love to hold, play and explore new things. Try different types of blocks to make the learning more unique.