Teach math skills early (A review of Where are the Numbers? The Adventures of Numbers by Ronit Tal Shaltiel)

I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. I know the importance of math. Learning math helps teach valuable problem-solving skills. “Math builds reasoning, which leads to comprehension,” says Dr. Ji-Qi Chen, a professor of Child Development at Erikson Institute. Learning math develops logical thinking skills. “Developing a mentally organized way of thinking is critical. We need to provide high-quality math education at an early age,” according to Chen. Early math skills are a better predictor of academic success than early reading skills. At a young age understanding of numbers, shapes, colors, patterns and counting builds confidence in children. Activities that are done to develop math skills in the children also promotes language and literacy skills in them.

The book Where Are the Numbers? The Adventure of the Numbers by Ronit Tal Shaltiel combines both reading and mathematics. The book teaches simple counting and addition in the form of a comic-book-like story. In the story, the number 1 goes hunting for friends. He finds 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 0. It’s a simple story. Its value is not in the story but in the presentation of counting and addition in a fun way.

I would highly recommend this book for a preschooler, even a toddler. It’s not too early to teach math skills. Children before the age of 5 learn things including math easier. The earlier you teach these skills, the better they will do in school. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, “Research on children’s learning in the first six years of life demonstrates the importance of early experiences in mathematics.” So, begin early. This book would be a great start.

Author Bio:

Ronit Tal Shaltiel 

My passions in life are reading, photography and graphic design.

In my books, I combine all of them.  I have been writing books for a long time; and wanting to publish them. 

Then I found that self-publishing is the right format for me.

I do all of my work on the computer, using different graphics software.

I live in Houston, USA.

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