

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 for Preschoolers: More Than Just Counting 
Jen Sherwin 
Preschoolage children are ready to explore more than one might think! Parents often focus on counting from one to ten, but there are many other skills that children are ready and able to investigate.




Mathematics in the Preschool 
Douglas H. Clements 
Anyone who is pushing arithmetic onto preschoolers is wrong. Do not hurry child. No math in preschool! Preschoolers can and should engage in mathematical thinking. All young children possess informal mathematics and can learn more. A combination of an environment that is conducive to mathematical explorations, appropriate observations and interventions, and specific mathematical activities helps preschoolers build premathematical and explicit mathematical knowledge. 



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.




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 Practice: Shapes and Colors 
Traci Geiser 
Learning shapes and colors may well be a young child’s first educational endeavor. Although recognizing objects as red or blue, round or square might seem like child’s play, it’s actually integral to a young child’s cognitive development, and sets the stage for math concepts from sorting and patterning to geometry, and beyond!
What can you as a parent do to help your young learner master these academic milestones? You may not have to look beyond the backdrop of your life for the perfect learning tools. Try a few of these fun activities to help your child master colors and shapes. 





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. 



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.





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




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. 





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



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 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. 



Preschool Math Games 
Education.com 
Preschool math games let kids have fun while getting practice with early math concepts like number recognition and identifying shapes. This online learning program, Brainzy, includes math games for preschoolers that work! 



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. 




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. 




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. 



Life of Fred 
This set of books is unlike any other textbooks. Each text is written in the style of a novel with a humorous story line. Each section tells part of the life of Fred Gauss and how, in the course of his life, he encounters the need for the math and then learns the methods. Tons of solved examples. Each hardcover textbook contains ALL of the material – more than most instructors cover in traditional classroom settings. Includes tons of proofs.
Written by Dr. Stanley Schmidt with the intent to make math come alive with lots of humour, clear explanations, and silly illustrations that stick in the mind. The student will learn to think mathematically.
Completion of this series prepares student for third year college math. 



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. 



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. 



Ray's Arithmetic 
Ray's Arithmetics teach arithmetic in an orderly fashion, starting from rules and principles, building knowledge piece by piece, leading pupils from simple to complex. From the very first pages, Ray's Arithmetics incorporate what has become the scourge of today's math students  story problems. Students must READ simple sentences which pose real life problems, decide whether to add, subtract, multiply or divide, and finally arrive at the answer  sometimes mentally  sometimes in writing. 



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. 



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.







