# Math & Making Sense of the World Around Us

**We know that nurturing a strong math foundation from an early age encourages academic success.** So many of the future endeavours and careers that our kids will seek require **critical thinking, problem solving, and analytic skills**.

**a natural tendency for exactness, orientation and order, usually manifested in older children as capacity for logical, systematic thinking**.”

**Our CGS Early Starts/Preschoolers** are taught to draw and use touch points when learning numbers and to begin counting. Each number, one through nine, has a certain amount of corresponding points that help them count. As they learn to count the dots on each number, **their brain begins to assign a value to each number, as well**.

Early math is not about the rote learning of distinct facts like what does 3 + 7 equal. Rather, **it’s about children actively making sense of the world around them.** Unlike drills or worksheets with one correct answer, open-ended, playful exploration encourages children to solve problems in real life situations. Because the situations are meaningful, children can gain a deeper understanding of number, quantity, and patterning. For example, it is easier to understand what “six” means when applied to a real-life task such as finding six beads to place on their colourful number card.

**Math is everywhere;** from measuring ingredients when we bake, to counting the number of stairs to our bedroom, or calculating the speed of our swimming from last week to this week. Math is a necessary component to educational success and it’s something we can seek out daily. **Where can you spot moments of math in your day today?**

*Mathematics may not teach us to add love or subtract hate, but it gives us hope that every problem has a solution. ***— Anonymous**