I recently taught a workshop in the county that focused on math skills for preschoolers. One of the things that I love most about teaching these workshops for other preschool teachers and day care providers is it forces me to take a very close look at my own teaching practices. If I am going to present information and share ideas from my own school, they should be top-notch and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers, right?!
What stood out to me right away was that preschool math is so much more than counting and numbers. I knew this, of course, but it was interesting to look at the ways that we incorporate shapes, number sets, measurement, patterns and relationships in our classroom.
One activity that I love came from an idea that I saw in an old edition of the Mailbox Magazine. (I think it was Nov/Dec 2010, but I can’t find any confirmation of that.) It was a page of 4 transportation pictures. We copied it onto 5 different colored papers and made a “grid” game.
These are apples, trees, acorns and pumpkins. I tried it on the pocket chart which seems to work better than the floor because no one is tempted to sit on them, and everyone can see.
We also played a grid game today with Halloween pictures.