Before true mathematical thought develops in childhood, reading to babies can help them explore precursor concepts of math. A caregiver reads a touch-and-feel book to an infant in her care. The emphasis is on supporting the child’s receptive understanding of attributes perceived through touch.
The child’s language is an advanced babble stage. While he isn’t vocalizing any recognizable words, his intonation makes it clear when he is asking a question or making a statement.
Read more about precursor topics and their related concepts: Precursor Topics.
Why is this important?
The caregiver uses pointing and motions to establish joint attention and then her language emphasizes attributes–soft, rough, fluffy.