Counting On Fingers
Counting on fingers seems like such a simple way to teach babies their first numbers. Can you believe there is actually real educational value in the technique? In fact, evidence from brain science suggests that counting on fingers is essential for mathematical achievement.
Jo Boaler, a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, in her article in The Atlantic says researchers found first graders with a strong knowledge of their fingers scored higher on number comparison and estimation in the second grade.
The researchers found that when 6-year-olds improved their ability to count on fingers, they improved their overall knowledge of math. In particular, with skills such as counting and number ordering.
In fact, the quality of the 6-year-old’s finger counting was a better predictor of future performance on math tests than their scores on tests of cognitive processing through thoughts, experiences, and senses.
Finger research is part of a larger body of research that has looked at the importance of visual math. Researchers have discovered that our mathematical thinking is grounded in visual processing. Many scholars believe that students who develop their visual mind will be well equipped for the new high tech workplace.
Start early by encouraging visual math with counting on fingers and Teach My Baby First Numbers. The Teach My Baby First Numbers set introduces your baby to numbers and counting to 5. By using a hand and finger puppets, the concept of counting on fingers becomes real.
In just 20 minutes a day, your baby can master their first numbers. Use the coordinated book, storyboard and five finger puppets together to encourage early education, interaction and fun, educational play. Teach My Baby First Numbers has everything you need to encourage counting on fingers, give your baby’s numeracy skills a head start and teach counting!