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How Are Mathematics Taught in Nursery School?

Mathematics is an important subject taught in schools worldwide. However, the approach to teaching mathematics differs based on the age of the child and how much math they may or may not already know. Teaching younger students can be challenging, but it is doable with the right approach. Here are three ways that mathematics is taught in nursery school.

Hands-On Learning Approach

The hands-on approach is a popular method used in teaching mathematics in nursery school. This approach involves using manipulatives such as blocks, beads, and shapes to teach children the concepts of numbers, counting, and basic arithmetic. Children can see and touch these objects, which helps them understand mathematical concepts better. For example, using blocks to teach children addition and subtraction helps them understand the concepts of adding and subtracting by physically manipulating the blocks.

Songs and Games

Games and songs are other popular methods used to teach mathematics to nursery school children. These games and songs are designed to be fun and engaging while teaching mathematical concepts such as counting, number recognition, and simple addition and subtraction. For instance, a game that involves matching objects to numbers can help children recognize numbers and understand the concept of quantity. A song that involves counting can help children learn to count while also being entertaining.


Storytelling is another effective method used to teach mathematics to nursery school children. Stories can be used to introduce mathematical concepts such as patterns, shapes, and measurements in a fun and engaging way. For example, a story about a character who is trying to measure the length of a river can help children understand the concept of measurement. The use of characters and visuals can make the stories more interesting and easier for children to remember.

It is important to teach children math skills starting at an early age. According to the National Education Association, children who attended full-day early education programs scored better on both math and literacy tests compared to children in half-day or three-hour preschool programs. By using creative and innovative teaching methods, including hands-on tactics, games and songs, and storytelling, early education teachers can help young children develop a strong foundation in mathematics that will serve them well in the future.

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