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How do you encourage family math?

  • 1.  How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-06-2019 11:57 AM
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    The literacy movement has reached great success encouraging families to read aloud to children with programs like Reach Out and Read. We believe this idea has a similar potential to transform the way families interact with children around math-making it a common, and doable, everyday family activity.

    What are some ways that you have found to promote family math?

    We have been using games to support playful ways to learn math. Here is a game that uses dot cards: http://youngmathematicians.edc.org/dotcard/
    (see also the attached article we wrote for NAEYC's Teaching Young Children)

    What do you think of this game? Would you try it with your families?

    If you are looking for more resources on how to encourage families to play with math this summer check out this resource also on the Early math interest forum page! https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/dec2018/backpack/play-math-home

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    Jessica Mercer Young, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Scientist
    EDC | U.S. Division
    43 Foundry Avenue
    Waltham, MA 02453
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  • 2.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-07-2019 07:16 AM
    Jessica, I love your dot card math games! We are soon having a family game night. I plan on talking to my director about adding this into the game choices. I love that I can share this with everyone in our program and they will be able to understand what the children will learn from these games. The teachers who do not have the the child development background, your link is specific enough that they will be able to explain to families what skills children can learn from your games. Thank you for sharing!

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    Kim Tisler
    Lead Teacher
    City of Troy Rainbow Preschool
    Berkley MI
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  • 3.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-11-2019 07:55 AM
    Hi Kim,

    Its good to know that the games Jessica shared are easy to follow! If your director agrees and you use any of these games, we'd love to hear how parents respond!

    You may also be interested in these resources, which focus on developing preschoolers spatial thinking and include (http://first8studios.org/gracieandfriends/family/) fun hands-on activities, books, and a digital game (http://first8studios.org/gracieandfriends/mapadventures.html).

    Best wishes,



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    Ashley Lewis Presser
    Research Scientist
    Education Development Center
    New York NY
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  • 4.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-12-2019 03:42 PM
    Thanks Kim! We have lots more games and family resources on our website too!
    NAEYC also has a Family Math Toolkit with resources: NAEYC Family Math Toolkit
    We have some resources on the Early Math Interest Forum page... so if you aren't a member please join!
    Early Math Interest Forum Resources

    And check out Ashley's resources as well!

    I'd love to know what do folks do to encourage family math?
    Do you have game nights, math mornings, math in a backpack?
    What have you found that works well in your classroom/school for your families? We have found that providing food helps :) 


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    Jessica Young
    Senior Research Scientist
    EDC | U.S. Division
    43 Foundry Avenue
    Waltham, MA 02453
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  • 5.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-13-2019 08:25 AM
    ​Hello all!
    I implemented the math games from Teaching Young Children last year into our classroom. It was amazing to see how well it helped the children understand 1 to 1 correspondence and associating numbers with quantities. I also took a 2 day training on Playful Math based from the articles. I keep that issues at hand now as I refer back to it often. I am looking to use the "Message In a Backpack" at the beginning of the coming school year to help parents do more math at home with their children. These resources are a great help and that's why I appreciate the NAEYC publications. I just recently finished reading "Serious Fun" which again has math activities. These are all great resources for bringing the knowledge of math to our families. Thanks again Jessica.

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    Sue Miller
    team leader
    Child Development Center
    Hawarden IA
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  • 6.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-13-2019 11:25 AM
    Oh wow! Thank you Sue! This is so great to hear!

    Kristen Reed and I worked so hard on these materials and we want to make them the best that they can be for teachers, children and families while keeping the physical materials low cost and resources free wherever possible. We are continuing to work on them and hope to add more content areas as well!

    Let us know how the "Message in a Backpack" works and of course we are always trying to make things as useful as possible--so if you have suggestions or ways that you implemented the games or family resources that worked well (or maybe didn't go so well) we'd love to hear it! We found that the children really liked having math mini-books that corresponded with the games they were doing in the classroom--and it often helped families understand better the math their children were learning!

    Thank you for trying out the games from the TYC articles!

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    Jessica Young
    Senior Research Scientist
    EDC | U.S. Division
    43 Foundry Avenue
    Waltham, MA 02453
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  • 7.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-13-2019 12:09 PM
    ​Jessica,
    I will do that. I need to get the "Message in a Backpack" translated before I send home as we have a large population of Hispanics in our little town. I will keep on using Teaching Young Children - they are wonderful publications and I look forward to each one when it comes.

    Sue

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    Sue Miller
    team leader
    Child Development Center
    Hawarden IA
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  • 8.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-14-2019 04:39 PM
    @Sue Miller

    "Message in a Backpack" is currently being translated into Spanish and should be ready by August. They'll be posted here: https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/message-backpack.

    We're glad our resources have been helpful to you.
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    Lark Sontag
    Community Engagement Manager
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 9.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-18-2019 10:35 AM
    Absolutely love this thread and your dot card game! Thank you so much for sharing.

    I have just started working with the founder of an early math inspired educational toy and have been absolutely fascinated with all of the research about how important early math is to future all around academic success! Compared to how little it is discussed and taught in the 0-5 age range especially. The founder of the math manipulative I'm working with used a lot of snack math with his toddler. It's so important to be able to implement math language with little ones. Thanks again for sharing!

    Looking forward to reading more!

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    Heather Saunders
    Kontu Inc.
    Ancaster ON
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  • 10.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-18-2019 01:04 PM
    Wonderful! Thanks so much Heather!

    I'd love to hear about the math manipulative you are developing, as well as how educators integrate math into their infant and toddler classrooms! We tend to focus on preschoolers, but so much can be done with infants and toddlers too!

    There are lots of language rich opportunities to talk with very young children about the math all around them--what kinds of activities have you tried?

    We play a game that starts, "Numbers, numbers, one, two, three, how many fingers do you see?" and then we hold up fingers in different configurations and have the children either say or try to imitate the teachers' finger configuration. With little ones, teachers could then count each little finger! Of course, so many songs for young children have lots of math in them as well.

    Any favorite songs little ones love that also emphasize math? I can think of "5 little monkeys" others?

    Thanks!


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    Jessica Young
    Senior Research Scientist
    EDC | U.S. Division
    43 Foundry Avenue
    Waltham, MA 02453
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  • 11.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-19-2019 08:41 AM
    ​There are several -
    1,2,3,4,5 - I Caught a Fish Alive
    5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on the Gate
    5 Little Ducks
    5 Green and Speckled Frogs
    1,2 Button My Shoe

    to name a few. I know there are many more.


    Sue

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    Sue Miller
    team leader
    Child Development Center
    Hawarden IA
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  • 12.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-20-2019 02:37 PM
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    Yes! Love these ideas! And songs! Who doesn't love "Five Little Monkeys"?

    The product I'm working with is called Kontu, a set of magnetic wood blocks. Currently only in prototype form but launching soon via an Indiegogo campaign. It has been absolutely amazing to see children from 12 months all the way to 8 years play with them! They can replicate simple equations and sequences using dot cards and other objects placed in the trays. You can see it at www.KontuKids.com

    It seems as if there is no "too early" when it comes to early math learning! Your research is so wonderful to see. My eyes have been opened to seeing just how capable small children are of learning math. I wish my parents knew when I was a kid! Reading was of course such a great thing to provide early but I know attitudes towards math would be different if it was taught earlier with more play-based methods.

    We love the grocery shopping idea and using "math" language during every day activities.

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    Heather Saunders
    Kontu Inc.
    Ancaster ON
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  • 13.  RE: How do you encourage family math?

    Posted 06-20-2019 06:01 AM
    My favorite way to encourage math with 5/9 year old's is grocery shopping! Teaching about sugar grams believe it or not. Today's super markets are now getting the child carts which is awesome!

    My second way would be money for food items in the imagination area!


    the third is The electric number peg puzzle by Melissa and Doug ! It's really nice, it says the number and describes the picture .  ( Five dragon flies) taking  turns removing and putting the numbers in place.

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    Georgia Wallace
    Owner/Operator
    Happy & Learning Child development center ,LLC
    Milwaukee WI
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