Teaching Babies Math: Babies Innate Number Sense Predicts Future Math Skill
Michael may be a baby but he is ready to learn the language of mathNew research from the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences supports the math ability of infants. “The use of Arabic numerals to represent different values is a characteristic unique to humans, not seen outside our species. But we aren’t born with this skill. Infants don’t have the words to count to 10. So, scientists have hypothesized that the rudimentary sense of numbers in infants is the foundation for higher-level math understanding.”How To Teach Your Baby Math was first published in 1979. The book proposes that very young babies can easily differentiate quantity.Tiny children can actually see and almost instantly identify the actual number of objects…if they are given the opportunity to do so early enough in life and before they are introduced to numerals. This gives tiny children a staggering advantage over all adults in learning to do and actually to understand what is happening in arithmetic.” – Glenn DomanThe Math Program of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential uses dots on white cards with dots going from one dot on a card up to one hundred dots. After learning the quantities, babies are able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide the quantities using the dot cards. Mothers and babies all over the world have used this program with great success.
Babies can differentiate quantities with ease.
Babies always want to learn something new.
Babies are interested in quantities, and are not distracted by patterns.
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