Your 3-year-old: Counting

Your 3-year-old: Counting

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Your 3-year-old now

Ask most 3-year-olds how old they are and they'll proudly raise the correct number of fingers. Your child is starting to realize that those fingers he's holding up correspond to a number that has actual meaning. Don't be surprised if "three" is his favorite number – and the answer to every "How many?" question – for a while!

Most 3-year-olds can count to three and know the names of some of the numbers up to ten. Your child is also starting to recognize numbers from one to nine. He'll be quick to point it out if he receives fewer cookies than his playmate.

Although your child may only be able to count one or two blocks or trucks now, by the end of this year he'll be counting up to four or five. Counting without seeing what's being counted (2 + 2 = 4) is harder still, usually not accomplished until closer to kindergarten.

The best way to build math skills is to incorporate counting and sorting into your day. Count the number of squirrels you see as you walk or the red cars you pass on the road. Let your child touch objects as he counts.

Your life now

Parents get into battles with their kids about clothes all the time – but unless it's a special occasion, you don't need to bother. Let your child pick from a drawer or set of clothes you choose. Mismatching doesn't matter – he's too young to worry about the fashion police. It's a chance for him to make decisions for himself and be creative. Give a general guideline – "It's cold today, so you need to wear a sweater" – then let him pick the one he wants.

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Watch the video: Time to Count! One, two, three! - Educational Songs from Akili and Me (May 2022).

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