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Why is Math Important for Preschoolers?

In this article, we explore the significance of introducing math to preschoolers and the enduring benefits it offers them in their educational journey

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Learning math during early years provides preschoolers with skills they will use throughout their lives for getting or consolidating an education. In this article, we tell you why it is important to teach math to preschoolers, what math skills are important for preschoolers, and how you can facilitate this process.

Why is Math Important for Preschoolers?

The first months of a children’s life mark the beginning of building mathematical concepts-babies can distinguish between “less” and “more”. Research suggests that acquiring math skills in early childhood has many positive outcomes during school years and later on. Counting, recognising numbers, or sorting objects lay the foundation for more complex math concepts like addition and subtraction.

Math is Important Because:

Math skills acquired during early childhood help children understand patterns and relationships between objects. Sorting objects by colour allows preschoolers to identify patterns while counting to a certain number enables them to recognise and understand the relationship between numbers and quantities.
These math skills are essential in acquiring problem-solving abilities, useful during school years and beyond.

Mathematics means more than memorising rules, operations, formulas, or procedures. When preschoolers understand and use simple concepts like addition, they learn to break down complex problems into simple elements. This contributes to developing critical thinking, “a mentally organised way of thinking,” very valuable throughout life.

According to Dr Jie-Qi Chen, professor of Child Development at the Erikson Institute and co-author of Big Ideas of early mathematics: What Teachers of young children need to Know, “math is the language of logic…math builds reasoning, which leads to comprehension.”

Math exercises during early childhood enable preschoolers to retain information, rules, and facts. Counting involves memorising the order of numbers. Sorting by colour or shape is another type of exercise that trains memorising ability, enabling children to improve their memory and concentration, attributes they will need in school and their workplace.

Math can be intimidating for some children, but when learned in a fun and engaging way, preschoolers become interested in its concepts and do their best to understand them to a higher degree. Teaching math through games and play is an excellent way to nurture a passion for learning that can extend to other subjects like science, reading, and writing.

According to School Readiness and Later Achievement, a study released in 2007, children that acquire math skills during early childhood are more likely to have academic success in school than children who do not develop these skills. Math concepts and elements help preschoolers understand math concepts taught during school years, leading to academic success.
Counting and sorting are activities that early learning teachers can use to get preschoolers familiarised with math concepts from an early age, helping them excel at math in school.

Small children can be engaged in many activities to spark their interest and passion for math. These activities help children acquire several valuable math skills:

  • Numeracy 

Counting forward and backward colourful and fun objects, separating children into groups, and asking the little ones to count the groups and the number of children in each group help preschoolers acquire a number sense and acknowledge the relationship between numbers. During the morning routine, teachers can ask children to count out loud together how many girls and how many boys are present. This activity enables children to memorise the order of numbers and the relationship between them.

  • Representation

Visual aids like pictures of favourite foods or family members keep preschoolers engaged in math activities, making it easier to transpose abstract concepts into familiar notions and memorise numbers. Representation is one of the most effective methods to help children create a mental connection between math concepts and objects or persons from real life.

  •  Patterns 

Evidence indicates that children’s ability to see patterns lay the foundation of early mathematical thinking. Teaching children about patterns enables them to develop the skill of identifying them for themselves and observing the changes and irregularities of patterns. 

Matching one-to-one with objects, pictures, or numbers is an efficient method to introduce preschoolers to pattern recognition by indicating what they are and asking children to recognise patterns around them. This enables them to identify the mathematical relationships between patterns, prompting the recall of counting sequences and understanding number operations.

  •  Shape and Space

In a preschool environment, many opportunities exist to teach children about shape and space. Playing with building blocks, boxes, shape sorters, or puzzles enables children to learn about shapes. Sorting objects by form helps them learn about forms and differentiate between triangles, squares, and circles.

Acquiring the sense of space gives preschoolers an awareness of themselves in relation to objects and persons around them. It allows them to move and navigate into different-shaped spaces. 

Spatial awareness is a process originating in the children’s brains, and kids need to have a sound sense of space to perform basic activities like walking the stairs, going around the furniture in the house, or jumping over obstacles as well as in other activities like handwriting or drawing.

  •  Adding and subtracting

Concepts like adding and subtracting are the next steps in teaching math to preschoolers, and these concepts are introduced to children after they master number sense and representation. To help understand adding and subtracting, teachers can use familiar objects like snacks, building blocks, or crayons and ask children to count and share them with others. 


Math is a key element of early learning. Problem-solving, critical thinking, understanding the world around us, and improving memory and concentration are long-life assets that help preschoolers excel in school and beyond and enables them to make sense of their role and mission, supporting their path to achieving their goals and dreams and being happy.

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Tanya Vester
Tanya Vester
Our sons attended Bright beginnings early leaning Centre and absolutely loved it. They attended Manuka and Kowhai rooms, and later also Pohutukawa room. The teachers in all three rooms were just SO lovely, caring, attentive and supported their learning journeys and communicated the children’s achievements with us. We are so thankful for the time our kids were able to spend there, and the kids made great memories for life. We highly recommend BBELC to anyone looking for a child care center. We had to leave due to moving overseas and will miss BBELC so much!!!
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
"I don't think I can express in words the gratitude I feel towards you all. My child, Amrin have learnt so much in your care that will stay with her for life. I believe their fondest memories of childhood will include many of you - I truly hope you are all extremely proud your efforts with our children. Thank you for all the wonderful support and care you have given to my daughter. This Centre is a very special place and she has grown so much in your nurturing, inspiring and challenging environment. You are really helping her to prepare for her school foundation." Actually, this is a second home for Amrin, she started her journey from BBELC, Auckland and will leave for school from here. Thanks to all the teachers, If I start typing the names, the list will be so long. In last especially I should not forget Nikita, who is so understanding and caring towards kids as well as families. Thank you with much love."
Anaru Pui
Anaru Pui
We've had our daughter Waikohu pui in the center for over 1 year now And she has Developed into such a beautiful kind person and has gained some great life skills and experiences thank you to all the teachers for there support and care with our baby girl making life alot easier knowing shes getting great education and Aroha (Love) from all the teachers at her Kura ( school ) thanks again ❤️ from the Pui whanau
Jagroop Kaur
Jagroop Kaur
Teachers are very kind and patient. Also they encourage children to learn in different indoor and outdoor activities. I am so pleased in POHUTUKAWA room the teacher do the school transition program, which is really helpful to the kids enter the primary school in the future. Thanks all teacher who support VIRASAT and other kids there quite well.
anne dela cruz
anne dela cruz
We have been with BBELC Hamilton since 2020 during the peak of pandemic and I never doubted to bring my children here knowing that they are on a safe place and the team are all aware of the best health and safety plan to ensure that everyone in the centre are safe. The centre is the BEST for me in terms of CLEANLINESS (the place os very tidy), SAFETY OF CHILDREN (only parents/caregivers can enter the premises on their pin coded door), FRIENDLY STAFF (you will be greeted by a very friendly receptionist, you can talk to the teachers about your concern with your child), OPEN DOOR POLICY (Manager’s door is open all times for parents for any concern or question), NUTRICIOUS FOOD for our kids, SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM (table activities, book reading, sharing with others, simple literacy), MAT TIME IS THE BEST as the kids learn to socialize, listen to teachers, story telling, yoga, dance time, music time,etc. and they also held PARENTS TIME where we can chat with the teacher about our kids, meet other parents, share experiences and strategies, parents gets treat and gift on special occasion like mother’s day and father’s day that will definitely make your day as a parent. And lastly for few years now, my kids have enjoyed their Christmas party where they get gift and enjoy bouncy castle, it’s simple but the experience and memories will be lifetime. THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND TEACHERS OF BBELC Hamilton! KUDOS TO ALL YOUR HARDWORK AND DEDICATION. CHEERS TO MANY MORE YEARS OF SUCCESS! - DELA CRUZ Family ( Robb and Reuben)
I love BBELC and my child love it too. As parents ,my husband and I deeply appreciate the staff being friendly ,kind ,patient ,role models and caring .The educators work well with parents to achieve the children’s developmental goals , the manager Leonie and Teachers Mari, Kathryn, Summer and Emma really care about the children and very welcoming. The childcare is secure and this gives us peace of mind in knowing that our little ones are in good hands and safe . The classrooms are clean and nicely decorated. I highly recommend sending your child to this center. It’s become our second home.
BBELC is an awesome environment for my daughter to learn and grow through different types of activities. All the staffs are friendly, supportive and helpful. Highly recommended to all.
Neda Bolouri
Neda Bolouri
A safe, happy and caring place for our children.
Norvega Bantang
Norvega Bantang
Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre - Hamilton is like a second home to my 2 little girls. They are very supportive of the children’s early learning and individual development. The rooms are spacious, warm and cozy and provide different kinds of resources for the children to explore. My girls are always excited to go to kindy every morning. Since I have also recently become part of this centre, it’s good to know and see for myself how things work in the centre and how very passionate the staff are in looking after every child like they are family. As a parent, it gives me the peace of mind that my children are in good hands and are well taken cared of. Definitely made the right decision to enroll our children here.
Diana Villa-Ignacio
Diana Villa-Ignacio
BBELC is a wonderful centre which caters to quality care and learning of children. We take pride in our relationship with parents , whanau and children having positive environment, open communication, flexibility, catering to children needs and working alongside parent's aspiration for their children. Feel free to come and see our Hamilton centre. We will be happy to show you around and be part of our Bright Beginnings Family.

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