100 Ways in 100 Days to Teach Your Baby Maths

Support All Areas of Your Baby’s Development by Nurturing a Love of Maths

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Pub Date 21 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 09 Nov 2021

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Maths ability on entry to school is the strongest predictor of later academic achievement, double that of literacy skills, and simply saying more number words to babies increases their maths ability. What else have scientists, psychologists and professors learned about maths for babies?

Babies seem to be born with an amazing number sense: understanding shapes in the womb, being aware of quantities at seven hours old, calculating probability at six months old, and doing addition and subtraction at nine months old. The best time to introduce maths is infancy. By the time children enter school there is already a significant gap in maths skills, this gap increases over time. A parent’s attitude shapes a child’s attitude. Parents have the power to teach their babies that learning maths can be either something to feel anxious about or something to enjoy. Babies can learn maths while boosting all other areas of development. For example, movement is boosted while teaching geometry positional language, literacy is boosted while reading a “number” book, and bonding is boosted by giving a baby undivided attention while teaching maths to him or her. Maths is important. Babies will use maths every day for the rest of their lives.

What about the impact of gender, culture, videos, sleep, diet—even the type of pushchair you buy? 100 Ways in 100 Days to Teach Your Baby Maths holds the answers.

Maths ability on entry to school is the strongest predictor of later academic achievement, double that of literacy skills, and simply saying more number words to babies increases their maths ability...


A Note From the Publisher

Emma Smith is a Fellow of The Institute of Actuaries and a Chartered Accountant. She is a double academic prize winner with a First Class Maths degree and a lifelong lover of maths. She has worked freelance as an actuarial exam counsellor, an assistant examiner, and a writer. Her front-cover articles include “Your Baby is a Genius!” in Baby London Magazine. While writing, Emma is ably assisted by her dog, Button, her daughter’s cat, Princess Marshmallow, and her son’s cat, Squeezy Paws.

Emma Smith is a Fellow of The Institute of Actuaries and a Chartered Accountant. She is a double academic prize winner with a First Class Maths degree and a lifelong lover of maths. She has worked...


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As a maths teacher, I jumped at the chance to read this book that focuses on helping children learn maths skills. As I was reading it, it became apparent how easy it could be for a new parent to introduce maths to a child that is as young as a few hours old. The book is set up by days, from 1 to 100. Each day gives a bit of research and is followed up with an activity for the parent to engage their child in. Because of the way the book is set up, it is most assuredly something that even the busiest of parents could find time to do. Each "day" takes no more than five minutes to read and similar time to implement. Opinion While this book made me realize what I did not do for my own children, I loved the advice given. I have found my new "go to" present for expecting parents. This book is simple enough that even the parents who are most phobic about math could follow through. The research added gives a confidence to the parents in trying out each activity. Many thanks to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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