Learning skills beyond number and operations creates a foundation for future mathematics instruction, and children with strong backgrounds in these areas are more likely to succeed in later grades.

This recommendation and the supporting strategies are excerpted from the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide for Teaching Math to Young Children. This resource is part of a series of instructional briefs designed to help families, afterschool providers, and other caregivers support their students’ early mathematics instruction while learning at home or in a hybrid learning environment.