As a parent, I spent a lot of time counting with my son: counting steps on a staircase, lampposts on the street, grapes in his bowl, cars on the road. One thing we didn’t talk about very often was the concept of equality and inequality in maths.
So, what do we mean when we talk about equality and inequality in maths? In this case, we’re not talking about fairness and social consciousness (but you can also read about that here). In maths, equality simply means that quantities are the same, inequality means that quantities are not the same. You can help children learn this concept by measuring and comparing objects with them.