Our mathematics program is not a first-grade curriculum imposed upon a 6-month-old. Instead, it is a carefully designed program with the frequency, intensity, and duration that is appropriate for the brain growth and development of the baby.
For this experiment, you only need a black pen, 10 pieces of white poster board cut into 11” by 11” squares, and a box of 1” red dot labels.
Now make the first 10 quantity cards your baby will see. Card 1 has only 1 red dot, card 2 has 2 red dots, etc. The last card in the set, of course, has 10 dots. Make sure the dots are arranged randomly on the card, in no patten whatsoever. Label the back of each card with the appropriate numeral.
Choose the perfect moment and show the baby the 1 card, the 2 card, and the 3 card, simply saying “1,” “2,” “3.” Come back a little later and show the cards again, but change the order. Show them later a third time in a different order. Repeat this tomorrow and the next day.
Then, put them away and start cards 4, 5, 6 (3 times a day for 3 days). In this way work your way up to 10. Your baby has begun to learn the language of mathematics and the perception of quantity.
More than four decades ago we discovered that babies could easily differentiate quantity without using numeric symbols. This led to our math program and eventually to the book How To Teach Your Baby Math.
This book provides parents with a simple and clear daily program for teaching babies and very young children mathematics while simultaneously enriching their mutual love and respect.
The Deluxe Program contains what you need to get started with a simple and clear daily program for teaching your baby or small children mathematics.
Even in homes where neither mother nor father have any particular fondness or skill in mathematics, babies can learn and enjoy math through this program if it is presented logically and in a joyous and happy way.