Make math learning both meaningful and fun by building on children’s natural curiosity to help them grow into confident problem solvers and investigators of math concepts. Using five math-related questions children wonder about as a framework, this book helps you go deeper into everyday math with children by offering • A basic overview of math ideas behind matching and sorting, patterns, number sense, measuring, and spatial relationships • 20 activities appropriate for children in preschool and kindergarten based on new and classic children’s books, games, and classroom routines • Suggestions for individualizing activities for diverse learners • Recommendations for more than 75 children’s books that encourage math-rich thinking and investigation • Examples of intentional questions, comments, and conversations that stretch and focus children’s understanding of math concepts Empower yourself with the guidance and ideas in this practical resource to use play and storytelling to challenge children to think more complexly about the math in everything they see, hear, and do.
Preface Introduction Matching and Sorting Chapter 1: How Are These the Same? How Are These Different? Not Quite the Same Resorting to (Re-)Sorting Sorting with Shoes Oh, the Weather Outside! Patterns Chapter 2: What Comes Next? Pattern Detectives Stairstep Story Patterns Cycles as Patterns And . . . Action! Number Sense Chapter 3: How Many Do We Have, Need, or Want? Some Frogs Here, Some Frogs There A Treat to Eat Counting By Feet Counting in My World Measuring Chapter 4: How Big Is It? Building with Blocks Finding the Right Fit Bigger This Way, Bigger That Way The Letter Club Spatial Relationships Chapter 5: Where Is It? Obstacle Course Adventures Shaping Up a Quilt Shape Scavenger Hunt Built-It Challenge Final Thoughts Glossary Book List References Resources Acknowledgments About the Authors
This great resource not only supports teachers as they cultivate mathematical thinkers in fun, developmentally appropriate ways, it does so by naturally infusing rich conversations and early literacy skills! A must-have addition to any early childhood classroom.
—Jessica Mercer Young, Senior Research Scientist,
Education Development Center
This book is an insightful guide to helping children discover, learn from, and fall in love with the math that is all around them. While clearly grounded in early math learning research, it’s written in a style that makes the topic approachable, immediately useful, and compelling.
—Eric Dearing, Professor of Applied Developmental
and Educational Psychology, Boston College
Where’s the Math? shows you how to support children’s mathematical thinking and inspires you to look at everyday experiences through a mathematical lens. Using this resource, you can intentionally shape your “math talk” to help children understand the relationship between their play and the big ideas in math.
—Cate Heroman, Early Childhood Consultant
and Author, Cate Heroman, LLC
This book is much more than a collection of activities—it is an engaging set of explorations teachers can adapt to engage young learners in finding the math that is all around us.
—Jie-Qi Chen, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Founder of the Early Math Collaborative, Erikson Institute
At last! This well-written book gives concrete examples of ways to build on children’s natural wonder and curiosity about the world and to support their mathematics learning. Where’s the Math? is a valuable resource for any early childhood educator.
—Kristen E. Reed, Senior Project Director,
Education Development Center
Each chapter of this must-read resource describes practical classroom activities for increasing children’s mathematical thinking and concept mastery through real-life investigations and problem-solving situations.
—Danielle Davis, Pre-K Teacher,
Metro Nashville Public Schools
The authors of this important book make a compelling case that mathematics is everywhere in the lives of all young children. It is a valuable resource for early childhood educators who are committed to seeing the math.
—Danny Bernard Martin, Professor, Department of Mathematics,
Statistics, and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
Flap/cover copy: Use the powerful strategies of play and storytelling to help young children develop their “math brains.” This easy-to-use resource includes fun activities, routines, and games inspired by children’s books that challenge children to recognize and think more logically about the math all around them.