Wonder how your child's math skills stack up?
Here are some milestones to track that should let you know whether to spend a bit more time on the 1,2,3s.
(These math and numeracy milestones were developed by the Canadian Child Care Federation and the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network.)
This article appeared in our April 2013 issue with the headline "Fear of Numbers," pp. 50-53.
Learns number words and uses them spontaneously; shows “one” and “two” using fingers.Photo: lisegagne/iStockphoto
Uses strings of number words, like “two, three, five, seven,” in a sequence, even if some numbers are skipped.
By three, recites numbers one to 10 correctly and can divide six grapes equally between two people.
Counts longer sequences of numbers (up to 30) and more accurately; counts backwards from five; uses ordinals like “first,” “second” and “third;” can divide larger numbers equally, like 12 grapes among four children.Photo: imgorthand/iStockphoto
Counts to 100; counts by tens, fives and twos; correctly answers questions involving addition and subtraction up to five; easily compares quantities using words like “taller,” “shorter,” “thinner” and “wider.”Photo: peetrev/iStockphoto
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