Discover what math teaching and learning looks like in the playful, emergent environment of the early childhood classroom. Every day, children explore math concepts in their conversations and interactions. You can build on that natural curiosity by engaging children in meaningful, complex math learning opportunities that are grounded in their observations and questions.
Based on the experiences in her own classroom, author Deanna Pecaski McLennan helps you reflect on your curriculum through a mathematical lens and see the potential for math teaching and learning everywhere. Each chapter of this engaging, easy-to-read book is packed with practical strategies and ideas for fostering hands-on, collaborative, integrated math explorations and inquiries with preschoolers and kindergartners.
With the information and guidance in this resource, you will develop a math-rich classroom while increasing children’s interest, confidence, and success in mathematics.
This is just the resource I need to bring my math instruction to the next level. My students and I will definitely be exploring, learning, and having fun with math this upcoming school year!
—William Breeman, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, San José Unified School District ~William Breeman
Pecaski McLennan openly acknowledges how her own mathematical identity impacted that of her students. She shows readers that by embracing math and seeing it everywhere, we can provide children with rich opportunities for mathematics teaching and learning.
—Toni Galassini, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education ~Toni Galassini
Pecaski McLennan draws from many sources of inspiration and includes a wide range of meaningful activities for children’s engagement with mathematics, from interactions with natural objects to the foundations of computer coding. Each chapter includes ways to encourage and leverage children’s natural curiosity by assisting them in making connections to mathematics in the world around them in structured and unstructured ways. This book supports emerging mathematicians in an age-appropriate and effective manner.
—Andrew M. Tyminski, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, Clemson University ~Andrew M. Tyminski
This book offers a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to exploring mathematics with young children that integrates mathematics with science, literacy, and art. Pecaski McLennan’s suggestions for engaging in meaningful, story-based precoding activities to support computational thinking, spatial reasoning, and number sense are particularly noteworthy and relevant!
—Ashley Lewis Presser, Research Scientist, Education Development Center ~Ashley Lewis Presser
Embracing Math is a valuable resource to help teachers find and use the math that is all around us in their early childhood classrooms. Not only does it include many specific examples, it also provides a strong conceptual framework about exploring and embedding math through questions, conversations, and inquiries.
—Mary Hynes-Berry, Coauthor of Where’s the Math? and Faculty, Erikson Institute and Early Math Collaborative ~Mary Hynes-Berry
Math is everywhere, and the earlier young children see its power in their daily lives, the more likely they are to explore it instead of fear it. This book shows us how to raise our next generation to embrace and excel at math.
—Laura Overdeck, Founder and President, Bedtime Math ~Laura Overdeck