June 7, 2020
Quantity is a particular amount of something, expressed as a number. Quantity cards for young children can have pictures of small sets such as dots, finger patterns, or 5- or 10- frames. The ones we have available on our site use a variety of pictures or "suits," since matching quantities such as fingers and dots can help develop ideas about equivalence.
Card games provide meaningful practice of the basic number combinations. These common card games that children learn in school or at home can be revisited many times and can be adapted to children’s own math skills as they develop over time.
A tangram puzzle consists of seven pieces — five triangles and two quadrilaterals made from one square. Tangrams originated in China hundreds of years ago. They traveled to Europe in the 1800’s, where they gained…
Here you can download cards and simple-to-learn game ideas to help young children build their understanding of early math concepts such as cardinality and composing and comparing numbers.
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.