The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says, “Each day offers us countless opportunities to help children deepen their understanding of math concepts. **The more we talk math, the better chance infants and toddlers have to build a positive attitude toward math learning and learning in general.” **

So, I am striving to **incorporate math concepts into everyday life** here with “Chunky Monkey”. Some people would think it’s too early to work with an 18-month old on math concepts, but that’s not true at all. Montessori education and the NAEYC recommend that you begin including math concepts in every day life from infancy. **Why waist the incredible time period of 0-3**, when children have such **absorbent minds**?

So, this week I did a DIY flip ring with the numbers 1-10.

I used a permanent marker to write on some lament counter top samples my husband got from a hardware store. The sample chips and chain came already put together, but you could easily make this with lamenated paper. In fact, I just found one like it recently at a yard sale (from a crafty mom).:-)

**My little man was eager to have me tell the “story” of the numbers again and again while he flipped the samples to the next one.**

So, I’d call it a success so far – and it only took about 2 minutes to make!

– See more at: http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/music-math-more/math-talk-infants-and-toddlers#sthash.bIKG7DMs.dpuf”

Some ideas for talking about math concepts (from the NAEYC) with young children include:

**1. Number and operations**—

- “You have
*two*eyes, and so does your bear. Let’s count:–1, 2.” - “I have
*more*crackers than you do. See, I have 1, 2, 3, and you have 1, 2. I’m going to eat one of mine. Now I have the*same*as you!” - “That’s the
*third*time I’ve heard you say mama. You’ve said mama three times!”

**2. Shapes and spatial relationships (geometry)**—

- “Look, Jason went
*under*the climber and Aliyah is on*top*!” - “You’re sitting
*next to*your brother.” - “Some of the crackers we have today are
*square*, and some are*round*.”

– See more at: http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/music-math-more/math-talk-infants-and-toddlers

– I also strongly recommend this 8-week online course on Early Preparation of the Mathematical Mind. I took it and learned a lot about how to teach math concepts early. http://ageofmontessori.org/early-math-course-online/

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