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Preschool Math at Home: Simple Activities to Build the Best Possible Foundation for Your Child Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-07-23 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:1933339918
LANGUAGE:English

"Hands-down, this book is the best resource I've come across to build a preschooler's foundation in mathematics.

Best of all, it's all achieved through play - your little one will have the best time engaging in all of these simple activities with you!

This book is seriously one that I can't stop gushing about in person, so of course that meant I had to tell you all more about it, as well.

The first time I encountered this book, I grew more and more excited about it just reading the preface.

In it, Kate explains the path she and her then-preschool son traveled when looking for a preschool math curriculum.

She observed that he quickly and easily grasped new concepts and she wanted him to learn about numbers and the language of math with as much interest and excitement as he learned about the rest of the world, not from being stuck in a chair filling out worksheets.

Since she couldn't find the high-quality, developmentally-appropriate curriculum she desired and since she also had her own worthy background in math and teaching, she decided to create her own program.

This book is the result of her work and is composed of the simple, straightforward (and fun!) activities that she used with her own kids.

You'll appreciate Kate's notes throughout the book that help you understand the reasoning behind the activities. She explains the skills developed, why they're sequenced in their particular order and how each one will help lay a strong mathematical foundation for your child.

Kate focuses on five key skills in this book:

Counting
Subitizing (this is a huge focus in early-elementary classrooms these days!)
Numeral Recognition
Number Comparisons
Part/Part/Whole Relationships (find a further explanation of this and a fun activity in my Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs post here)
Chapters are broken down to cover numbers 0-5 and 6-10 for the first two skills (Baby steps! No need to rush these concepts!) and an appendix is included with perforated pages so that you can just tear out the resources and put them to use!

Each activity is clearly organized so that you can see its purpose, the materials needed and the directions at a glance. There are also many illustrations which contribute to your understanding of everything - particularly helpful if you're one of the bazillion parents out there who feel uncomfortable with math or one who wants this learning time to be as painless as possible.

Each chapter concludes with an "Is My Child Ready to Move On?" section in which Kate stresses the importance of working through these skills deliberately and "hanging out" at one activity until your child has completely mastered it.

She reviews the most important things you should look for in order to continue on in your journey through this book, so that you can feel confident with your decision to move forward.

You'll want to check this book out when your child begins to show an interest in basic math concepts like counting, most likely around age three or so.

The glossy, bright cover will immediately give you confidence in its worth and although it is chock-full of great activities, its sleek 100 pages mean that you won't feel overwhelmed by it all.

I received a free copy of this product from the author. All opinions are my own.
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" Some great suggesting for teaching the first basics math skills to your preschooler through play. " said.

" I have loved using this book with my preschooler. It has instilled a very clear number sense in her, which is foundational to mathematics. " said.

" Some great suggesting for teaching the first basics math skills to your preschooler through play. " said.

" Some great suggesting for teaching the first basics math skills to your preschooler through play. " said.

" Some great suggesting for teaching the first basics math skills to your preschooler through play. " said.

" Some great suggesting for teaching the first basics math skills to your preschooler through play. " said.

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