Many topics for young children can be a great opportunity to explore the math in interests they have. Animals is a popular one, full of many options. When introducing math animal games and books can be a natural entry point for the early years.
January 8, 2020
To encourage and develop children’s counting knowledge, here are eight books (with an accompanying download) that are common to preschool classrooms.
Cumulative tales and rhymes illustrate growing patterns, typically an increase or decrease by one on each page. As the growing pattern is revealed through the story, children get excited because they can figure out "what comes next."
From an early age, children notice and appreciate patterns in the world around them. Patterns and sequences of different kinds begin to pop up all over the place, especially in the books that children love.
Ellen Stoll Walsh's book Mouse Count can be used in the classroom to cover such broad-ranging topics as data analysis, number sense, and number and operations. Key concepts such as estimation can be explored and investigated.
Here are some refreshing books about water and ocean fun that inspire mathematical thinking for summer months. Dive right in!
Children need experiences and practice counting in different, flexible ways while learning the rules of counting. These books and the right questions can help.
Two books that are common in homes and classrooms are great jumping off spots for exploring important concepts of measurement.
Does a polka-dotted sock match a striped sock? In the book A Pair of Socks young children will learn about an important early skill: matching.
Many classrooms are planning year-end picnics, so it’s the perfect time to read We’re Going on a Picnic! by the beloved author Pat Hutchins.
Data analysis uses math to make sense of the world. It is compiling information and describing it in a quantitative way: how many?