Read the storybook together and point out how much the Sesame friends love math. Abby exclaims, “Math is fun!,” Bert says, “Math is a blast!,” and Elmo and Grover continue to say that they’re on a “math adventure!”

Use this kind of positive language in everyday conversation with kids. Math can have a reputation for being intimidating, but simple language choices can make a real difference. For example, using the pronoun “we” to frame a math question (“How can we find out how many carrot sticks we have all together?”) lets kids know that it’s a team learning experience.