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Math skills taught in early childhood education are designed to provide the foundation children need to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Educators should focus lessons in early childhood around the basic skills that build up to advanced mathematics in high school and college. From preschool to the end of elementary school, children are setting the foundation for future life skills.
Early childhood education should introduce simple mathematical concepts. By introducing children to basic terminology early in childhood, teachers are making the elementary education a little easier, and introducing math concepts should start when children are around three years old.
By setting the foundation to understand terminology and concepts early, children are prepared to apply the information in a classroom setting. The concepts are already understood, so elementary teachers are able to focus on the application of ideas.
While preschool children might not yet be ready to learn the practice of the math skills, they can gain a basic idea of the practice through language and practice.