– According to new data from the Office of Public Instruction (OSPI), based on observations from the WaKIDS program (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills), math struggles start even before kids enter kindergarten. In this matter, only a little over half of the students rated for their school-readiness had the desired skills.

– Parents don’t need to have a degree in math to help. They can play a role by following very simple steps: “When you walk upstairs with a young child, count each step”. “When you put three cans of soup in the grocery cart, ask your child how many cans you’re buying.” Don’t miss any opportunity to talk about numbers, quantity and measurement to your child.

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