How to Talk Math With Kids

Some simple ways to work numbers into the conversation:

  • Note numbers on signs when you’re walking or driving with children: speed limits and exit numbers, building addresses, sale prices in store windows.
  • Ask children to count how many toys they’re playing with, how many books they’ve pulled out to read, or how many pieces of food are on their plate.
  • Use numbers when you refer to time, dates, and temperatures: how many hours and minutes until bedtime, how many weeks and days until a holiday, the high and low the weatherman predicts for that day.
  • With older children, math can become a part of talking about sports, science, history, video games, or whatever else they’re interested in.


Work it into the day-to-day conversation.

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 Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Paul , Annie Murphy (March 2, 2012), Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids, Mind/Shift, Retrieved on 2014-07-11
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