what is mathematical intelligence?                                 We are all born with a number sense. This bit of the brain, located in the inferior parietal cortex just above and behind each ear, gives us the ability to understand numbers. It allows us to estimate that seven times eight is somewhere around 50, but it takes years of practice to know the accurate answer is 56. Babies are born with a rudimentary understanding of number, but it takes years for their innate mathematical intelligence to develop. For this to happen, they need help at home and school. Babies as young as five months have the logic to work out one and one are two. For example, If you show a baby two puppets, then cover the puppets with a curtain and remove one of the puppets, when you lift the curtain the child may well look for the missing puppet. Mathematical intelligence gives your child the ability to understand numbers and to describe the world with numbers. There are some children who are natural mathematicians, born with a wonderful capacity to understand numbers, just as some children are natural readers. Most children, however, are not natural mathematicians. They have a number sense but find maths hard, and need help at home to develop their mathematical intelligence. How, then, does this mathematical intelligence develop?