November 14, 2016
What kind of "big" is it? Children explore the differences between tall and wide as they explore which bucket holds the most sand.
Preschool storytime is a great time to teach mathematics! In this video, two teachers use Ellen Stoll Walsh's "Mouse Count" to illustrate the concept of "less and more."
Students roll a die and mimic animal movements to connect counting words, visual number arrangements, and actions.
Erikson Institute Early Math Collaborative hosted its first Summer Institute, Meaning-Making in Early Math Education (MEME), July 7-10, 2015. Over 100 participants took part in rigorous, hands-on sessions that explored the foundational math concepts that develop in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms.
Children sort and re-sort each other, based on various attributes. This activity involves an open sort in which the categories can include a wide range of attributes that must be identified and described by the sorter.
This article discusses strategies for raising children to enjoy math before beginning preschool. Unfortunately many children never develop this appreciation. In fact, even at a young age, children can develop math anxiety or a belief that they are bad at math.
This article from NPR's ongoing education blog discusses the strength of a familiar low-tech toy: the block. Even amid a technological revolution in teaching, which is bringing tablets, apps, and smartboards into more and more early learning classrooms, the block maintains its place as a time-tested learning tool.
Direct instruction is a good way to teach students specific facts, which can lead to higher marks on standardized tests. However, it fails to foster curiosity and creativity in children, two qualities that are difficult to test and measure but are undeniably important in students' overall learning.
This New York Times article discusses the growing lack of play time in pre-k development and classrooms and its implications. "As they play, children develop vital cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional skills. They make discoveries, build knowledge, experiment with literacy and math and learn to self-regulate and interact with others in socially appropriate ways."
Math achievement in preschool been shown to be an accurate predictor of future progress not only in math, but in other academic areas as well. "We want kids running around the classroom and bumping into mathematics at every turn."