
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. 



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.




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.




Mathematics Teaching Strategies 
As a teacher, you can foster the development of early mathematical skills by providing environments rich in language, where thinking is encouraged, uniqueness is valued, and exploration is supported. Teachers support young children's diligence and mathematical development when they direct attention to the math children use in their play, challenge them to solve problems and encourage their persistence. 



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




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!








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. 




Adding Fun 
With just a few inexpensive supplies, you can make this simple adding activity for your preschooler. 






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. 




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







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.




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. 



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. 



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. 



Professor B Math 
Professor B Math delivers worldclass mathematics and national precedents by means of a unique perspective on children's real gifts for learning mathematics. 



Sonlight Homeschool Preschool Curriculum 
Finding the right homeschool preschool curriculum is important. For many children, this will be their first introduction to organized learning. Giving your child the right introduction to the world of knowledge can help them become lifelong learners. To learn how to choose the right homeschool preschool curriculum for your child, consult the resources offered at Sonlight. 



TouchMath 
This preK homeschool math unit download includes an implementation guide, module guides with instructional strategies, student activity sheets, answer keys, progress monitoring, and vocabulary. Designed for ages 34, it covers counting and number sense, comparing and classifying, sorting, graphing, patterning, 2D and 3D shapes, coins, and representing quantities and shapes. 




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.







