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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


Math right from the start

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


Math right from the start

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

  • Godfrey Harold Hardy

    (English mathematician)


Math right from the start

NUMBERS

  • 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.


Math right from the start

  • Discover many ways in which numbers are used in and outside of the home.

  • Go on a number hunt.

  • Point out numbers on microwave, calculator, television, & telephone

  • Let them dial the phone for you when you place calls to family, friends, or for pizza!


Math right from the start

  • Sing counting songs and read counting books.

  • 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!


Math right from the start

Fun Books to Introduce and Explore Counting

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


Math right from the start

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

-Alfie Kohn

(author and speaker on Education)


Math right from the start

GEOMETRY (shapes and space)

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

  • “Pass the small sugar cube”

  • “Hand me the large rectangular cereal box”

  • Go on a shape hunt


Math right from the start

  • Build structures using blocks or old boxes

  • 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”


Math right from the start

Fun Books to Introduce

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


Math right from the start

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

-Lilian G. Katz, Ph.D.

(Professor, University of Illinois)


Math right from the start

MEASUREMENT

  • 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


Math right from the start

  • Compare and organize household items

  • 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


Math right from the start

  • Talk about time

  • 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


Math right from the start

Fun Books to Introduce

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


Math right from the start

“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

  • 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


Math right from the start

  • Hunt for patterns around home and neighborhood

  • 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


Math right from the start

Most things around your home can work

without costing too much


Math right from the start

Fun Books to Introduce and

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


Math right from the start

COLLECTING AND ORGANIZING

  • 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


Math right from the start

  • Make graphs and charts

  • 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?


Math right from the start

Fun Books to Introduce and Explore Collecting and OrganizingIs It Rough? Is It Smooth? Is It Shiny? By Tana HobanTen Puppies by Lynn ReiserThe Button Box by Margarette ReidFive Creatures by Emily Jenkins


Math right from the start

More information is available at:

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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