Building Numeracy Skills

Numeracy skills are the building blocks for more complex math skills.

A photo of NEC Numeracy event materials including counting bears, a counting book, and unifix cubes

By: Damary Lizardo, NEC Program Associate

Here at NEC we recently launched our Family Storytime Series, a new program where we will be bringing virtual activities to families that enrich a child’s learning experience at home. Our Educational Consultants and Family Specialists will lead these trainings on a variety of subjects. Our third session focused on the development of early numeracy skills. 

What is numeracy?

Numeracy is the ability to understand and work with numbers! Counting is the foundation to more complex mathematic concepts. Integrating tactile tools and objects to counting practices enables children who are Deafblind to better understand numbers.

What are possible counting aids that can be used to build numeracy skills?

Counting, comparison, classification, sorting and matching activities all build early math skills that can be used to understand more complicated concepts down the line.

There are many objects that can be used to build numeracy skills at home. Some examples are provided below:


Watch our recorded session led by Educational Consultant Helene Gallagher and Lead Educational Consultant Brenda Allair below to learn more:

collection of story box items

The Art of Story Box Making

A boy carefully pulling a wooden Jenga block from a stack of other blocks

Tactile activities for children with combined vision and hearing loss

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