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Math milestones: Is your kid behind?

Breakdown your child's math skills according to their age.

By Nancy Carr
Math milestones: Is your kid behind?

Math milestones: Is your kid behind?

Milestones

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.

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About 12 to 24 months

Learns number words and uses them spontaneously; shows “one” and “two” using fingers.

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About two to three years

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.

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About three to four years

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.

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About four to six years

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.”

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This article was originally published on Apr 02, 2013

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