As we start to get going in our school year, I challenge you to not overlook fundamental skills. Many of the fundamental skills overlap. This is awesome news! One set of skills children need for academic success is the ability to observe, match and discriminate. These skills are important across math, science and reading You can help your child develop these skills in fun and exciting ways that are not drill and kill. Children strive for independence so I love Montessori inspired materials which are self-correcting.