Did you have a fun holiday counting everything from number of guests at the table to how many bites before being excused from the table?

Now that you’re armed with some ideas of the developmental stages your child should go through as they progress toward first grade math skills, you may be wondering when it’s time to start worrying. As we all know, children progress in their own way in their own time, never completely following the expert advice. However, there may be early signs of your child struggling to grasp the numeric concepts. Here are some things to look for:

After a great deal of practice and after the median developmental age, your child is still struggling to progress through simple counting exercises..

No matter how many different ways you come at it, your child doesn’t understand how a number symbol on paper might correspond to items or objects.

Not only does your child struggle to get the right answer on things like larger or smaller, square or round, but they don’t even seem to notice there’s a difference.

The concept of math in everyday life doesn’t seem to have any meaning whatsoever to your child. He or she doesn’t show any interest in math concepts of any kind even when you point it out to them.

Your child dislikes any games that have anything to do with math and avoids playing games that involve counting or numbers in any way.

If your child shows any of this kind of behavior, it might be time for you to discuss things with your child’s teacher and pediatrician. If your concerns are deep enough, you can contact the public school system and request diagnostic screening to determine whether more intensive interventions are necessary.

Heading into the holiday season, we’re going to have a little fun with December posts. Rather than delivering educational tips and techniques for your preschooler, we’ll be sharing a story with you. Check back every week Wednesday to unwrap each episode.

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