# Math Skills

Written by Jeremy Horelick

There is a well-established set of math skills that kids must learn in order to achieve the proper foundation for continuing success. At the kindergarten level, which is where such skills usually first come into play, these include ideas such as "number sense," which is a child's general grasp of quantities and relationships. A strong number sense underlies estimating, grouping, comparing, and other math skills a child requires before he or she tackles more advanced computation.

Though it may seem more like a verbal skill than a math skill, naming is also of critical importance at the kindergarten level. Children must be able to identify and distinguish between objects if they're to succeed in grouping or representing them. When it comes to problem solving, naming is essential once again in describing an object's properties such as size, shape, or color.

## More Basic Math Skills

Naming, counting, grouping, and comparing are all distant forerunners of algebra and geometry, even if such concepts are never directly referred to in kindergarten. Children of this age begin to develop the language and cognitive skill to discuss differences between objects such as blocks and balls. Skills such as these are more than just linguistic. They are also perceptive skills that require the same spatial reasoning that will serve them throughout high school, college, and life.

For one reason or another, many of these math skills get overlooked during a child's early education. Consequently, it may take years of catching up for a student to arrive back at the point he or she should be at relative to other kids of the same age. It's natural for every parent to wonder if his or her child demonstrates an appropriate aptitude, which is a primary reason that home educational tools remain so popular.