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Posted by on in Quality Care for All Children
How is My Child Doing?


From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Do you know the signs to look for to make sure he is meeting these milestones?  Today, Nicole Wysong, our Inclusion Specialist is going to shed some light on this subject.

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Posted by on in Math
1-2-3 Games

As you know, my family loves board games (as expressed in previous posts).  It has always been a huge part of our family life, both prior to children and even more so with children.  As I’ve stated before, playing games isn’t just for fun. When young children play board games, they practice skills, such as:

  • Using language
  • Communication
  • Reading symbols
  • Taking turns
  • Following rules
  • Planning
  • Patience, Persistence, Risk-taking
  • Fine motor development

They also practice math skills:

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1-2-3 Read

We all know the benefits of reading with children.  Why not use your reading time to explore math as well?  In fact, books are frequently used as a way to introduce/reinforce mathematical concepts with children.   Books explore endless math concepts like Counting, Division and fractions, Geometry, Multiplication, Ordinal numbers, Size, Addition, Subtraction, Time, and more.

There are numerous children’s books with math-related themes and content.  Pick a topic - most likely there is a math related book to go with it.  There are even books that you can use crayons, dominoes, jelly beans, M&M’s©, candy bars, Cheerios®, and other items to play (and learn) right along with the story.  So next time you are at the library or book store, look to see what math you can read!

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1-2-3 Math Fun

As parents and child care providers, we have the wonderful opportunity and responsibility for nurturing our children.Engaging in math activities and games can help a child develop early math skills.  However, your feelings about math can greatly influence your child’s perception of math. Do you like math or does it make you uncomfortable? One simple thing you can do to help your child enjoy math is by talking about it in a positive manner.  In the same way, it is important to provide opportunities at home to explore mathematical concepts.

Following are some links to some fun, engaging, non-threatening ideas to incorporate math into your fun time at home or at child care.

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Posted by on in Get to Know ECA
Math Matters

One, two, five, seven.”  Sound  familiar?  Random sequences are common as young children learn to count. Because math is everywhere every day, young children develop ideas about mathematics throughout their daily routines.

Math is a very active process for young children because it is the child’s way of thinking about and organizing their experiences to make sense of their world. It’s a process that involves reasoning, problem-solving and communication.  As you watch children at play, you will see them spontaneously explore such topics as patterns, shapes, addition and subtraction. 

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