
Everyday math play in preschool 
Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. 
As adults, we can tend to overthink how to go about teaching math to young children but promoting mathematical thinking and basic math concepts can come through all kinds of simple handson activities. Here are some of great math activities to integrate into your homeschool. 



Homeschool Math 
HomeschoolMath.net is a comprehensive math resource site for homeschooling parents and teachers: find free worksheets, math ebooks for elementary grades, an extensive link list of games, a homeschool math curriculum guide, interactive tutorials & quizzes, and teaching tips articles. The resources emphasize understanding of concepts instead of just mechanical memorization of rules.




Homeschool Math Blog 
Maria Miller 
Math teaching ideas, links, worksheets, reviews, articles, news, Math Mammoth, and moreanything that helps you to teach math. 



How to Teach Math in Preschool 
Every child is unique and hence the best way for them to learn math in preschool depends on their innate aptitude and the level of interest that they demonstrate in this subject. What math teachers must do is nourish, develop and refine this aptitude and interest by creating an atmosphere that encourages learning and using activities that are effective and engaging. Parents should also try to use the methods used by preschool teachers so the child can continue to learn at home.




Instill a Love of Math 
Laura Lewis Brown 
Parents are bombarded with messages to read with their children, but it’s rare to hear about the importance of doing math with them. Here are some helpful tips on why and how to instill a love of math in your children.




Kindergarten Math 
Simple approaches to teaching math for preschoolers and kindergarteners in the home environment. 



Let's Play Math! 
This wonderful blog is written by a homeschooling mother who wants to make learning math fun. It is a place where you can learn about new ways of learning, teaching, and understanding math. Math is a game, playing with ideas. This blog is about the ongoing adventure of learning, teaching, and playing around with mathematics from preschool to precalculus. 



Mathematics in PreK 
Young preschool children are active learners, naturally curious and ready to engage in mathematical learning. They approach math with excitement and curiosity, if the practices are ageappropriate, engaging, and involve handson, mindson learning approaches. 



Preparing for Preschool Math 
Preschoolers do math even though they are not sitting at desks with workbooks or memorizing multiplication tables. Preschool math helps them make sense of the world around them and teaches them to reason and problemsolve. Teachers of preschool math build on children's prior knowledge and capitalize on their spontaneous discoveries to further their understanding of mathematical concepts.






20 Preschool Math Activities 
Children should gain an understanding of math concepts at an early age. This can best be done through every day life experiences and through play. these are great ways to introduce math concepts to kids in fun way. Many of the activities are also appropriate for kindergarten and the early elementary years. 




40 Awesome Number Activities for Preschoolers 
Number activities for preschoolers don't have to be boring and just worksheets. Make them fun so your preschooler will love math. These number activities help with identifying numbers, counting and one to one correspondence. 




Coin Poems 
These fun printables feature poems to help young children learn the value of coins. 



Counting Tubes 
The fun and colorful tubes are a great way to practice 1:1 correspondence, counting, and numbers. 



Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics 
U.S. Department of Education 
This booklet is made up of fun activities that parents can use with children from preschool age through grade 5 to strengthen their math skills and build strong positive attitudes toward math.




JumpStart Math Activities 
When it comes to math, a good foundation is essential. With these fun math activities for kids, numbers become friends and the basic foundation for the subject is established at an early age. Different math activities for kids of different age groups can be effective in teaching them basic but essential math concepts.
Here are some interesting gradebased math activities that parents and teachers can use to make math a whole lot of fun! 




Math Songs 
These cute math songs help young children learn about addition, money, time, and skip counting. 



Math Songs 
Have Fun Teaching 
These counting song are available for download. Lyrics can be printed. 




Models of 3D Solids 
These printable 3D models are easy to use. They are pdf files that can be printed out to construct prisms, pyramids, platonic solids, polyhedra, and more. 



Montessori Spindle Box 
Make this counting spindle board with simple materials from around your home. Teaches counting and grouping. 




PBS Kids Math Games 
This is a huge collection of online math games for preschool and elementary aged kids. 




Preschool Math Idea 
The best way for preschoolers to learn math is through lots of fun and creative games that let them explore and discover new concepts about the world of numbers. 



Sort and Count Bottles 
Use old bottles and pom poms for simple counting and sorting maths games and motor skills fun! With lots of ways to play and learn, these are a great addition to the maths area at home or school.





ABC Mouse Homeschool Early Learning Academy 
The ABCmouse.com Homeschool Early Learning Academy offers these features:
 More than 5,000 learning activities in Reading, Math, Beginning Science, Social Studies, Art, and Music
 A full online preschool, prek, and kindergarten curriculum
 A StepbyStep Learning Path that guides your child through the curriculum at his or her own pace
 Our powerful Lesson Builder tool that allows you to create your own lessons for your child
ABCmouse.com’s curriculum focuses on the important educational basics, helping children establish a foundation of knowledge that they can build upon with confidence and success. Because ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy offers a curriculum carefully designed in collaboration with nationally recognized childhood education experts, you can be sure that, while homeschooling, your child will be learning all of the important basics.
ABCMouse.com offers a First Month Free Subscription Offer. 




Everyday Mathematics 
Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive PreK through 6th grade mathematics curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and published by McGrawHill Education. Everyday Mathematics is a researchbased and fieldtested curriculum that focuses on developing children’s understandings and skills in ways that produce lifelong mathematical power. The Everyday Mathematics curriculum emphasizes:

Use of concrete, reallife examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction to key mathematical concepts.

Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from longterm memory.

Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.

Use of multiple methods and problemsolving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.




Jump Math 
JUMP Math is a numeracy program. JUMP Math is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. JUMP Math replaces the selffulfilling myth that some people are born with mathematical ability while others do not have the ability to succeed with assumptions that all children can be led to think mathematically.
They offer educators, tutors and parents complete and balanced materials as well as training to help them reach all students.
JUMP Math draws on the latest cognitive science research to build upon the best aspects of math programs from around the world to provide a unique combination of depth, careful scaffolding, continuous assessment and a variety of innovative instructional approaches. Many parents in Canada and the United States use JUMP Math to homeschool their children.
In a homeschool, JUMP Math works by helping adults lead children through a tailored process of microteaching, guided discovery and practice that gradually extends student understanding.
JUMP Math has found that children learn better when they feel admired and are confident they will not be allowed to fail. Teachers therefore communicate their belief that all students can learn, and reinforce this belief with frequent and specific encouragement. This creates a positive learning environment, which in turn leads to more academically focused behaviour. 



Key to...Workbooks 
Give your students the keys to mathskill mastery! These selfpaced, selfguided workbooks—covering topics from fractions and decimals to algebra and geometry—motivate students and build their confidence with bitesize, easytofollow lessons. With Key to…® workbooks, you can customize curriculum for individual learners. Included in the series are: Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Measurement, Metric Measurement, Algebra, and Geometry. 



Making Math Meaningful 
Making Math Meaningful is a wonderful beginning. It lays the strong foundation for understanding math. Every concept is introduced with a simple conversation (which is provided for you) using math manipulatives. You are spending quality time with your children talking about each math concept.
The conversations are simple. The activities are easy to do. The lesson plans tell you exactly what you are to do and what you are to say. Perfect for the busy mom.
There are no seminars to attend and no videos to watch! Simply pull the book from the shelf and start teaching. Each child has his own student workbook. Levels K through 4 give you a written script to teach each concept and skill. Levels 5 and 6 and Algebra are written directly to your child. Your child will simply pull the book from the shelf and teach himself.
There is no easier math manipulative program for mom. 



Math on the Level 
Math on the Level is a flexible, maturationbased, homeschool math curriculum with a very effective review system. It's unique approach is designed to turn your home environment into a rich, reallife learning experience and make math education meaningful and fun for your whole family.
 Teach when it is easy for your child to learn

Use everyday activities to make math real

Review for long term retention without busywork
One curriculum purchase covers your math needs for the whole family from preK through prealgebra. 



MathUSee 
MathUSee is designed to teach students specific skills that build as the student progresses. This systematic and cumulative approach uses a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction. The MathUSee system is structured with stepbystep procedures for introducing, reviewing, practicing, and mastering concepts. Each lesson teaches using multisensory tools such as videos, manipulatives, and other resources, designed to appeal to any type of learner. With these resources, they are able to adapt to a variety of homeschool styles.




RightStart Mathematics 
RightStart Mathematics uses the AL Abacus to provide a visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience. The elementary and intermediate program lessons guide the teacher daybyday and yearbyyear, helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. The RishtStart Mathematics homeschool program is set up with levels, rather than grades, so that your child can begin at the proper level and advance at their own pace. 



Shiller Math 
ShillerMath publishes researchbased math curriculum, music, manipulatives, flashcards, and workbooks for students of ages 413 (including preK and preAlgebra), with beautifully designed lessons, diagnostic tests with answer keys, math songs, and Montessoribased manipulatives.
No Montessori or math knowledge is required and there's zero lesson preparation  just read (or have your child read) what's in quotes and you're good to go! Students using this approach consistently outperform their peers.
The ShillerMath curriculum includes authoritative materials and lessons used by thousands of Montessori schools worldwide and is the math curriculum of choice for thousands of homes and classrooms nationwide. 



Sonlight Math Curricula 
Teach confidently with Sonlight's handpicked math resources — the programs are the best on the market for elementary math to Calculus.
Every math curriculum has potential strengths and weaknesses, so you'll find included information to help you find the best fit for your students.
They offer several math programs for the elementary grades. Young children benefit from an enriched environment in which they see math being used in different ways and in which they approach problems from different directions. 




Free Printable Ten Frame Cards 
Learn 10s with these free printable cards that offer a fun way to practice. Read about different ways to use the cards for enjoyable math games to teach this concept. 



Homeschool Math 
HomeschoolMath.net is a comprehensive math resource site for homeschooling parents and teachers: find free worksheets, math ebooks for elementary grades, an extensive link list of games, a homeschool math curriculum guide, interactive tutorials & quizzes, and teaching tips articles. The resources emphasize understanding of concepts instead of just mechanical memorization of rules.




Lego Challenge Math ActivityFree Printable 
Practicing math skills like spatial awareness and geometry can be fun, especially when the math activity involves Legos! Here’s a free printable math challenge for kids using Lego or Duplo bricks!





Preschool Math Printables 
Homeschool Creations 
These printables are free and help provide extra support for teaching preschool math. You'll find calendars, number tracing cards, number mats, patterns, and more. 



Preschool Math Worksheets and Printables 
Education.com 
Preschool math worksheets help your young learner develop essential early math skills. From number recognition to counting to addition, preschoolers learn a lot about numbers in one year. Our collection of preschool math worksheets is designed for kids who want to build skills that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. These preschool math worksheets help present new number topics to kids in a way that's fun and easy to understand. Help foster a culture of learning by doing these preschool math worksheets with your child.







