The Importance of Preschool Math
When should kids start learning math? First, second, third grade? What about in preschool? Research shows that teaching kids early math skills from a young age can have a positive impact not only on future math outcomes, but also future reading comprehension skills as well (Sarama & Clements, 2009)! How exciting!
At JECC, we take our math pretty seriously...mostly by having fun with math games and activities! Our kids are at all different levels in terms of learning, and we try to make our math games and activities accessible at every level. Whether it’s counting, making patterns, or graphing, we include pictures, numerals, and new concepts to meet our kiddos where they’re at.
Some important preschool math concepts that we work on at JECC are:
Classification (organizing objects into categories)
One-to-one correspondence (ex: giving one cookie to each child)
Some of our kiddos favorite math games and activities include:
Math Graphing: The kids have a die and a game board with corresponding pictures. The student rolls the die and whatever picture comes up is the one that students “graph” on their game board.
“Top It” (adapted from Moomaw, 2011): This game is essentially the card game War, but with a friendlier name! The kids have cards that have both a numeral and that numeral’s quantity in stickers. The kids turn over their cards and problem solve to figure out who has the bigger number or more stickers. The kiddo with the most wins the round. This game also teaches students to look for numbers and quantities that are the same that are the same.
Building block towers
Playing with magna-tiles and learning about geometric shapes
References: Sarama, J., & Clements, D. (2009). Learning and Teaching Early Math. Young Children on the Web, 1-3. doi:10.4324/9780203883389Moomaw, S. (2011). Teaching mathematics in early childhood. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Pub.