Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood

Author: Sally Moomaw Ed.D.

Format: Paperback, 232 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598571196
Price: $44.95

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Children who learn math fundamentals in preschool and kindergarten have the best chance of later achievement in school—but too often, children don't get the effective early math instruction that makes all the difference. Now there's a core early childhood textbook that helps current and future educators teach the most critical math concepts to young students while meeting today's national standards for mathematics education.

Developed by Sally Moomaw, a nationally respected expert with more than 20 years of classroom experience, this accessible textbook gives readers a solid theoretical understanding of math concepts and standards and the guidance they need to create and implement their own lessons. Highly readable and practical enough for years of use beyond the classroom, this text

  • explicitly aligns with the most current recommendations from the National Research Council's Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics and the focal points of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • helps teachers plan effective lessons—includes more than 50 classroom activities with detailed instructions and helpful photos
  • advances inclusion by giving teachers universal design strategies and adaptations to help them support all learners, including English language learners and students with disabilities
  • targets the critical math skills children will build on for the rest of their lives, including quantification, operations, algebraic reasoning, geometry, spatial sense, measurement, data analysis and probability
  • focuses on the youngest students (including children with special needs) so teachers can implement developmentally appropriate math instruction when it's the most effective
  • gives teachers invaluable guidance on weaving math lessons into everyday routines and conversations
  • makes teacher preparation clear and easy, with student-friendly features such as chapter summaries, reflection questions, vignettes that model key concepts, and a glossary of math terminology

Whether used in preservice courses on teaching mathematics or in-service professional development, this comprehensive textbook will help educators give the youngest students a strong foundation of basic math concepts—and prepare them for lifelong academic success.


Review: Teaching Children Mathematics
"Used in the university setting, the book served as a valuable and concise guide. The clear content explanations proved advantageous for students who had verbalized anxiety toward math . . . Pverall, it is informative, user-friendly, and relevant to the generation of children and teachers in early childhood classrooms today."
Review: New Books Column, Young Children (NAEYC)
"Designed to help teachers and early childhood students increase their understanding of math concepts and their ability to design, implement, and assess children's understanding in preschool and kindergarten settings. The author particularly targets mathematical reasoning in young children and demonstrates how to have math conversations throughout the day."
Review: The Midwest Book Review, Education Shelf
"Gives teachers basics on blending math lessons with daily routines and is a fine pick for any early childhood educator's reference collection."
Review by: Christina Tondevold, Region II Math Specialist, Initiative for Developing Mathematical Thinking, Boise State University
"Puts an emphasis on helping young children understand mathematics instead of just doing mathematics. By providing a solid foundation in early numeracy, we give children the understanding needed for them to become flexible mathematical thinkers."
Review by: E. Todd Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville
"Recognizes and provides the mathematical content knowledge that some early childhood practitioners may not have in their background education."
Review by: Deirdre Greer, Interim Dept. Chair -Teacher Education, Columbus State University
"Will help teachers provide appropriate, effective instruction . . . provides the depth and breadth of information that often require the use of multiple textbooks."
Review by: Mary Jo Pollman, Professor of Early Childhood, Metropolitan State College of Denver
"Gives preschool and kindergarten teachers the NCTM content and process standards with meaningful interactive mathematical activities . . . This is a refreshing book to increase 'math talk' throughout the day and give young children a better chance at achievement in math."
Review by: Mary Hynes-Berry, Senior Instructor, Erikson Institute, Graduate School in Child Development, Chicago
"An important and much needed perspective for early childhood teacher education."

Table of Contents

About the Author

Chapter 1: Foundations for Mathematical Development

Mathematics in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom
Standards in Early Mathematics Education
Developmentally Appropriate Mathematics Curriculum
Mathematics in Inclusive Classrooms
What It Means to Be a Mathematics Teacher

Chapter 2: Developing Number Sense

The Number and Operations Standard
The Development of Number Sense
Designing the Number Sense Curriculum
Activity 2.1: The Bathtub Game
Activity 2.2: Doghouse Game
Activity 2.3: Get the Dogs Home—Short-Path Game
Activity 2.4: Get the Dogs Home—Long-Path Game
Activity 2.5: "I Have More" Card Game
Activity 2.6: Matchmaker Game
Activity 2.7: The School Bus Song
Universal Design for Supporting Number Sense
Focusing on Mathematical Processes
Assessing Number Sense Learning

Chapter 3: Developing Concepts About Arithmetic Operations

The Operations Component of the Number and Operations Standard
The Development of Arithmetic Operations— Addition and Subtraction
Adding Operations to the Number-Sense Curriculum
Activity 3.1: Eggs in the Basket
Activity 3.2: Socks in the Laundry
Activity 3.3: Pairs of Socks—Counting by 2s
Activity 3.4: Shop and Save
Activity 3.5: Feed the Birds
Activity 3.6: Get the Dog Some Bones
Activity 3.7: Apple Song Game
Activity 3.8: In and Out of Bed.
Universal Design for Supporting Arithmetic Operations.
Focusing on Mathematical Processes
Assessing Understanding of Arithmetic Operations

Chapter 4: Developing Algebra Concepts

The Algebra Standard
The Development of Algebraic Reasoning
Designing the Algebra Curriculum
Activity 4.1: A Better Teddy Bear Collection
Activity 4.2: Bandage Collection
Activity 4.3: Going Fishing
Activity 4.4: Patterning with Apples and Pumpkins
Activity 4.5: Hats and Mittensmdash;A Beginning Function
Activity 4.6: Many Ways to Get to Five—A Class Book
Activity 4.7: Doo Dah Dilemmas
Activity 4.8: Body Patterns
Activity 4.9: Rhythm Patterns
Activity 4.10: 12 Ways to Get to 11
Universal Design for Supporting Algebra
Focusing on Mathematical Processes
Assessing Algebraic Learning

Chapter 5: Developing Geometry Concepts

The Geometry Standard
The Development of Geometric Reasoning
Designing the Geometry Curriculum
Activity 5.1: The Magnificent Shape Quilt
Activity 5.2: Quilt Bingo
Activity 5.3: Shape Aliens in Action
Activity 5.4: Where Are Our Friends?
Activity 5.5: Weekly Geometry
Activity 5.6: Class Shape Big Book
Activity 5.7: Dressing Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Bear
Activity 5.8: Pet Hospital
Universal Design for Supporting Geometry
Focusing on Mathematical Processes
Assessing Geometric Learning

Chapter 6: Developing Measurement Concepts

The Measurement Standard
The Development of Measurement Concept
Designing the Measurement Curriculum
Activity 6.1: Those Amazing Pumpkins
Activity 6.2: Shoe Store
Activity 6.3: Inchworms
Activity 6.4: Carpeting the House
Activity 6.5: Container "Brainer"
Activity 6.6: Snake Adventure
Activity 6.7: Ramp Races
Activity 6.8: How Tall Am I?
Activity 6.9: Is It Larger? Is It Smaller?
Universal Design for Supporting Measurement
Focusing on Mathematical Processes
Assessing Measurement

Chapter 7: Developing Concepts About Data Analysis and Probability

The Data Analysis and Probability Standard
The Development of Concepts About Data Analysis and Probability
Designing the Data Analysis and Probability Curriculum
Activity 7.1: Graphing a Dinosaur CollectionActivity 7.2: Estimating Shoes Activity 7.3: How Many Sank the Boat? Activity 7.4: Author Unit Picks Activity 7.5: Comparing Apples and Oranges Activity 7.6: Six Colorful Ducks Universal Design for Supporting Data Analysis and Probability
Focusing on Mathematical Processes
Assessing Data Analysis and Probability

Chapter 8: Integrating Curricula to Meet Mathematics Goals: Putting It All Together

Planning for Number and Operations
Planning for Algebra
Planning for Geometry
Planning for Measurement
Planning for Data Analysis and Probability
Sample Schedules

Appendix: Identifying Geometric Figures

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