Part of the Big Ideas

Numbers are used in many ways, some more mathematical than others.

At some point in their math development, children will begin to understand that numbers are not always for counting or telling “how many.” Awareness of this fact helps children sort out the confusing varieties of number-related input they receive in their daily life.

© Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative. Reprinted from Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know (2014), Pearson Education.

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