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



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. 



Math Play: How Young Children Approach Math 
Douglas H. Clements, PhD, and Julie Sarama, PhD 
Mathematical experiences for very young children should build largely upon their play and the natural relationships between learning and life in their daily activities, interests, and questions.




Pre K Teaching Strategies and Early Childhood Education 
Young children are unique creatures who love nothing more than to experience everything from tactile, handson items to feeling the wind in their faces as they jump off a wall. They are all about hiding under blankets to see what happens if they walk through the house like a ghost or playing safari and taking pictures with their imaginary camera.




Preschool Math 
There are many natural ways to teach preschool math. Everyday activities, like cooking and grocery shopping involve mathematical concepts.




Preschool Math: Exploring Patterns 
Traci Geiser 
Patterns are all around us, from the clothing we wear to the repeating patterns found in nature and everyday routine. Patterning is also a basic math skill upon which many mathematical concepts are based. Times tables, addition and skip counting all require an understanding of and proficiency in patterning. In preschool, identifying and creating patterns is just the beginning of the mastery of lifelong mathematical skills.




Preschool Math: Mastering Number Recognition and Counting 
Traci Geiser 
Learning about numbers is a preschooler’s first step toward becoming a budding young mathematician. And in preschool, math learning is all about counting, number recognition, and onetoone correspondence. If a child doesn’t ace these seemingly simple skills in a timely manner, don’t fret: even math whizzes need time to blossom. But with age appropriate techniques, helping your child to master these math milestones will be as easy as 1, 2, 3!







20 Ideas to Practice Measuring 
There are so many ways to practice and teach the science and math skill of measuring. Here are some ideas for fun ways to practice measuring. 



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. 



5 Great PreK Math Activities 
Giving children a foundation to build number sense is very important. Learning might as well be fun to help kids build a great outlook on math, as they grow older. Here are five fun PreK math activities that build number recognition and counting skills.





75+ Math Activities 
These simple early learning math activities teach skills like number recognition, counting, simple addition and subtraction, sorting, sequencing numbers, and measuring. 



8 HandsOn Number Activities for Kids 
Teaching math beyond basic counting at home can seem daunting. But these simple activities show that it can be easy and fun. These handson ways to introduce counting and other basic math skills are great. 



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 
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. 



Montessori Teen Board 
This Montessori Teen Board is an easy and inexpensive way to effectively teach the teens (the numbers 1019) 






Preschool Math Activities 
Education.com 
Browse through our preschool math activities. Here are many preschool math activities to keep your preschooler learning on the fly, all year long. 



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.




Sort the Mail: Pretend Play and Number Recognition 
Allison McDonald 
Kids love to pretend and test their limits within boundaries of make believe. Combining pretend play with math is a great way to challenge your kids without making them feel like it’s a test. Pretending to be a postal worker gives the task of sorting meaning and with that meaning their learning is deeper and better retained. 




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. 



Living Math 
Early exposure to real mathematics in natural settings, without requiring mastery of arithmetic on a set timetable is a key to the ease with which kids attain mastery when the time is right for them. Math literature and history humanizes math, makes it come alive, and provides a context to enjoy and retain learning. This wonderful site offers a literaturebased approach to math learning, with book lists, lesson plans, and more. 



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.




MathUSee Primer 
In the Primer level your child will learn not only how to write numerals but also addition and subtraction, basic counting, skip counting, geometric shapes, telling time, and they will be introduced to the manipulative block system. It’s a gentle introduction to "doing math."




MEP  Mathematics Enhancement Programme 
This is a free math curriculum from Great Britain. MEP is a workbookbased, spiral curriculum that emphasizes concepts and logical thinking. It encourages creative thinking and unique approaches to mathematical computation. 



Time4Learning 
The Time4Learning preschool program combines technology, animated characters, original stories and fun music to inspire a love of learning in the littlest elearners. Ed Mouse and his friends guide children through more than forty topics such as numbers, letters, rhymes, self, time, music and colors. 




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.







