Teaching your little people requires patience and viewing little bits of progress as the recipe to success and even fun times between the parent and the child. With a wee little one, the time that is taken to teach them to sit through a board book and finally stop flipping the pages, leads to being able to sit through all of the book. The child's attention span increases as the level of complexity of a book increases. This is NOT twaddle but learning.
Math for a little involves beginning with board books and all of life during the day. Simple counting of things like stairs, stuffed animals, blocks going on a block tower is math. Counting peas and potatoes. You don't have to be neurotic about it but there are opportunities to ease kids into listening, learning, and most importantly the ability to sit still and pay attention. Do little people HAVE to sit still? No, but it seems to me that even those kids who are defined as hyperactive, can be trained to temper their wiggles bit by bit as the parent cranks up the time paying attention slowly, having patience to let time pass and attention increase.
What a parent shouldn't do is expect their little people to go from never sitting in anyone's lap listening to stories to instantaneously expecting them to be able to listen to chapter books. That is unrealistic. It is similar to learning an instrument. You begin at the beginning, learning notes and practicing and it takes time to make progress.
Hope this pondering is helpful to someone. I just think it is wise to break down the learning process so that learning is just a natural thing. More later......