I was introduced to current research in language and brain science through my work at the University of Washington Human Subjects Division. This research mapped the critical age to learn language and the decline in this ability after seven years of age. By applying this research to my experience as a parent and math tutor, I came to understand why so many children can't seem to learn math, even though they had no trouble learning their native language, whose rules, or algorithms, are much more complex. Additional research pointed to the same conclusion, that math vocabulary and concepts, similarly to all language, is most easily learned in early childhood.
I ask readers to consider the hypothesis that it is the delay in learning math vocabulary and concepts that makes math difficult for children. Please join me on this journey.