By Jenny Yun-Chen Chan and Michèle Mazzocco
● All kinds of play present opportunities to develop children’s early math skills.
● A great way to promote early math learning is to expand on children’s own comments and observations, letting children lead the play.
● We share ideas for deepening mathematical thinking during block and pretend play.
Playtime offers many opportunities for exploring early math. How can parents and caregivers take advantage of these opportunities to help children expand their mathematical thinking?
In our research, we watched families play and talk together. We found that different types of toys…
By Herbert P. Ginsburg
It is often said that math is all around us. Playgrounds, for instance, can be a great place for caregivers and children to explore the math around them as they play. Let’s see what that means for a young child and a caregiver. (I have italicized the everyday math words used in this blog post.)
Cassie, 2 years and 3 months old, is at her local playground. Math is all around her, whether she notices it or not. …
By Eric Dearing and Sara Schnitzer
“How many elephants are on this page? Let’s count them! What number is this? Let’s trace it with our fingers!”
Picture books offer many opportunities for young children to practice counting, a key early math skill. They are also really fun to read!
Any book with illustrations or numbers can be a counting book. Reading both written numbers…
My two children are very different and have been from the moment they were born. They have different food preferences, different fears, and different ways of showing affection. They also have very different interests: One…
By Jenny Yun-Chen Chan, Michèle Mazzocco, and Megan Onesti
There are many opportunities in daily life to encourage young children to think mathematically. These early math learning opportunities can be informal and playful additions to family routines. …
By Christina Mulcahy, Julia Ratchford, Crystal Day-Hess, and Douglas H. Clements
Don’t Burn Your Feet will get your child jumping around — inside or out — while exploring shape concepts. You can download the instructions and ideas for making this activity easier or harder here or at the end of…
By Cristina Carrazza, Michelle Hurst, and Susan Levine
Exploring math together as a family supports children’s early math development. But the learning goes beyond just the math content. The messages that parents and caregivers send to their children while engaging in math also shape the way that children think about math. …
By Claudia Kruzik, Emily McDowell, and Eric Dearing
“Bravo!” Albertina declares, cheering on her young son, Angel, who has correctly picked the sock that comes next in a pattern they are creating with laundry. They sit side-by-side, grabbing black and white socks from a basket and working together. …
by Colleen Oppenzato
A young child, Jennifer, is asked to solve a story problem. The rabbit has 3 carrots and the squirrel has 4 carrots. How many carrots do they have all together? Jennifer answers 6…
By Christina Mulcahy, Julia Ratchford, and Douglas Clements
In Magician’s Tricks, your child will use magic to figure out what number is on hidden cards that the other player picks. (The magic consists of clever counting!) All you need to play are some numbered cards, which makes this game easy to play anywhere you need to…