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Helping your child achieve in Mathematics. Math Right from the Start. Presented by : Christine DePinto Lisa Jaramillo Sheila Rivera Lora Wegner. Pasquale Cocucci, Clarendon School Principal Susan Smahl, Director of Special Services.

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Math right from the start

Helping your child achieve in Mathematics

Math Right from the Start

Presented by :

Christine DePinto

Lisa Jaramillo

Sheila Rivera

Lora Wegner

Pasquale Cocucci,

Clarendon School Principal

Susan Smahl,

Director of Special Services


The goal of this workshop is to give you a better understanding of the importance of Early Childhood Math skills.

We want you to be able to assist your child in developing:

*An enjoyment of Math

*Confidence in his/her Math skills

*Problem solving skills

*Skills to be successful

in school and life


“ A mathematician, like a poet,… is a maker of patterns understanding of the importance of

  • Godfrey Harold Hardy

    (English mathematician)


NUMBERS understanding of the importance of

  • Count EVERYTHING!

  • Count toys as you put them away

  • Count clothing as you take them out of the dryer

  • Count back and forward as you move from place

  • to place

  • Count and as you walk up and down steps.



  • Sing counting songs and read counting books. of the home.

  • They capture imagination and interest.

  • They can also be found in many different languages

  • Make up games

  • Let them roll dice and count all the numbers

  • Play with game spinners and make up rules for each number

  • Allow them to play with old calculators and cell phones

  • to increase number and operation awareness

Don’t be afraid of numbers –

Have fun!


Fun Books to Introduce and Explore Counting of the home.

More, Fewer, Less by Tana Hoban

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell

Counting With Apollo by Caroline Gregoire

Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow

One So Many by Marthe Jocelyn


“Learning is something students do, NOT something done to students.”

-Alfie Kohn

(author and speaker on Education)


GEOMETRY (shapes and space) students.”

  • Identify shapes, sizes, positions, directions, and movement

  • “Pass the small sugar cube”

  • “Hand me the large rectangular cereal box”

  • Go on a shape hunt


  • Build structures using blocks or old boxes students.”

  • How many more do we need to add to make this

  • taller than you?

  • Talk about how the pieces stack,

  • roll, and slide

  • Use directional words to find toys

  • “Under”, “Over”, “Up”, “Down”

  • Play “I Spy”


Fun Books to Introduce students.”

and Explore Geometry

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban

My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle

Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone

Apollo by Caroline Gregoire

Elephants Aloft by Kathi Appelt


“Young children are born investigators. It is our job to strengthen that disposition.”

-Lilian G. Katz, Ph.D.

(Professor, University of Illinois)


MEASUREMENT strengthen that disposition.”

  • Measure items around the home

  • Use non-standard measurements like your feet

  • or boxes

  • Compare that item to the height of the child

  • Estimate together

  • Guess together how long it will

  • take to drive home

  • Guess how many steps to your

  • front door


  • Compare and organize household items strengthen that disposition.”

  • Sort items to be put away

  • Have your child line up cans

  • from tallest to shortest

  • Include your child in activities involving measurement

  • Cook recipes together using measuring

  • cups and spoons

  • Talk about weight and how

  • scales work at the doctor’s office

  • Let them help you make,

  • give, and count change


  • Talk about time strengthen that disposition.”

  • Discuss how many minutes you will be in a store

  • Discuss what number the hand of the clock will be on

    • when you are done with an activity

  • Talk about and record daily temperature

  • Mention the change in temperature and how it effects your day’s activities

  • Comment on how many degrees the

  • temperature has increased or decreased


Fun Books to Introduce strengthen that disposition.”

and Explore Measurement

10 Minutes to Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Tell Me How Much It Weighs by Shirley Willis

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

How Big is a Foot? By Rolf Myller


“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” – S.Gudder


Patterns and change
PATTERNS AND CHANGE complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

  • Look for patterns in storybooks or songs

  • Repeating lines and stanzas

  • Reoccurring colors in illustrations

  • Create patterns using musical rhythms

  • Clap out a song

  • Stomp your feet

  • Use simple, repetitious movements


  • Hunt for patterns around home and neighborhood complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

  • Find color, shape, size patterns in your clothing

  • Find leaf patterns

  • Explore sidewalk patterns

  • Use household items to create and extend patterns

  • Line up spoons in a repeating order

  • Use different colored napkins and have them finish

  • the pattern


Most things around your home can work complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

without costing too much


Fun Books to Introduce and complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

Explore Patterns and Change

Dots, Spots, Speckles, and Stripes by Tana Hoban

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

When I Was Little: A Four Year Old’s Memoir of

Her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis

My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman


COLLECTING AND ORGANIZING complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

  • Sorting household items

  • Clean up time is easier by letting them sort toys

  • They can sort laundry by color

  • Utensils can be put away–drawer organizers help!

  • Keep change jars and let them put away coins by

  • denomination


  • Make graphs and charts complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

  • Record weather changes using pictures

  • Record food likes and dislikes

  • Predict outcomes

  • Is it more likely to rain or snow?

  • What games can we play

  • outside in January?

  • June?


Fun Books to Introduce and Explore Collecting and Organizing complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” Is It Rough? Is It Smooth? Is It Shiny? By Tana HobanTen Puppies by Lynn ReiserThe Button Box by Margarette ReidFive Creatures by Emily Jenkins


More information is available at: complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

WWW.PBS.ORG/PARENTS/EARLYMATH/PRE_KGAMES.HTML

WWW.PBS.ORG/PARENTS/EARLYMATH/PRE_KACTIVITIES.HTML

WWW.BRIGHTHUB.COM/EDUCATION/EARLY_CHILDHOOD/ARTICLES/46729.ASPX

WWW.LEARNINGPLANET.COM/STU/KIDSO.ASP


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