Basic Math Skills in Child Care: Creating Patterns and Arranging Objects in Order

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Ordering, sequencing, and patterning are important foundational skills for mathematics. Child care providers can build young children’s early math skills by help them learn sequencing, seriation, and patterning.

  • Sequencing is the ability to create and identify patterns. For example, children may stack blocks in a pattern of red, blue, red, blue, and so on. As adults, using calendars is one way we use sequencing skills. We look at a calendar and look for the pattern that helps us predict what

Basic Math Skills in Child Care: Shapes and Spatial Relations

Magnet builders

Some child care providers may think of geometry as an advanced math concept learned in high school. But even young children are aware of basic concepts related to shapes and spatial relationships. Child care providers can help young children build math skills by encouraging them to explore and compare shapes and spatial relationships.

Spatial Relationships

Spatial relationships explore the concept of where objects are in relationship to something else. When child care providers use the following words, they are teaching …

Basic Math Skills in Child Care: Matching, Classifying, and Measuring

Colorful cubes

Teaching young children how to match, classify, and measure is an important part of developing early math skills because these skills help children identify and describe relationships between items. As a child care care provider, you can help young children learn these skills in several ways. 

  • Matching mainly involves one-to-one correspondence. The game “Memory” is one good way to teach young children about matching. This game begins with pairs of pictures face down. Each player flips over two cards. If