Let's Talk About Math

Let's Talk About Math : The LittleCounters (R) Approach to Building Early Math Skills

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Math can't wait. Children who can count with ease before kindergarten have a better shot at future mathematics success-and with this book, it's simple and fun to weave counting and other math concepts into everyday activities. Drawn from the authors' playful and popular LittleCounters (R) workshops, this guidebook shows early educators, caregivers, and parents how to use purposeful play with children from birth to 5 to promote mathematical thinking and get them ready for formal math instruction. Packed with easy, no-fear strategies any adult can use-even if you're math-phobic!-this book will help all the teachers in a child's life foster critical early math knowledge and school readiness.


Discover amazing facts about the mathematical minds of babies and young children
Transform ordinary toys into learning tools that help teach mathematical concepts
Organize play environments and activities to encourage math learning
Spot teachable moments and add purposeful math talk to daily tasks
Teach "meaningful counting"-the skill that underpins children's potential for future math success
Infuse math learning into specific daily routines, such as meals, chores, and bedtime
Support children's readiness for formal math instruction
Get started with your own LittleCounters (R) workshop-or use the principles right away in your program or home

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Examples and vignettes; sample activities and scripts of adult-child dialogue; recommended counting books and songs; and a detailed introduction to interactive LittleCounters (R) workshops, where parents and kids learn and have fun together.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 10.41mm | 376.48g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 1598575899
  • 9781598575897
  • 477,052

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a A carefully organized and sequenced guide to appropriate learning opportunities in mathematics at the early childhood level. ANYONE guiding such learning opportunities will use this booka regularly.a --Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell" a An excellent book a I agree with the authors that parents (and others) want to know 'what to do' to help their children be prepared for math learning. This book will tell them what they need to know and help them do it.a --Jo-Anne LeFevre, Ph.D." "An up-to-date and accessible review of contemporary research on the development of young children's mathematical thinking a ] also offers workshops that provide adults with insight into LittleCountersa (TM) remarkable learning and with practical and sensitive methods for stimulating their interesting minds." --Herbert P. Ginsburg
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About Donna Kotsopoulos

Donna Kotsopoulos, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science (Department of Mathematics) at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She is a former elementary and secondary school mathematics teacher. Dr. Kotsopoulos is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She is the co-developer of LittleCounters , a program aimed at supporting parents, caregivers, early childhood educators, and teachers in developing an understanding of early mathematical cognition. She is also the founding and co-Editor of the Fields Mathematics Education Journal. She is a member of the Canadian Mathematics Educators Study Group. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on mathematical cognition and mathematical teaching and learning across the lifespan, with a current focus on early childhood. Dr. Kotsopoulos has published in many prominent journals and has presented at conferences worldwide.

Joanne Lee, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist who specializes in early language and mathematical development. She joined the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada in July 2006, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She is the research director of Laurier Child Language & Math Lab. Her research focuses on early childhood development and education using observational and experimental methodologies to conduct both empirical and qualitative studies. One of her goals is to develop effective early childhood education programs and learning strategies to help young children acquire strong mathematical foundations. Joanne is currently serving as an expert consultant in early mathematics development at the Resource Services and Outreach for Deaf, Blind, Deafblind Programs at the Ministry of Education in Ontario, Canada. She is also serving on two editorial boards for Introductory Psychology university books and their digital learning resources.
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