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Books for Stimulating Early Math Development

September 22nd, 2021 | 2 min. read

By Lisa Williford

According to international research, there is an overwhelming need to focus on appropriate early math development. However, most early childhood educators have received very little formal training in math for the early years. We have curated this list of resources to help early educators bridge that gap and bulk up their math curriculum in fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate ways for young children.



The Path to Early Math

What Preschool Teachers Need to Know

Each chapter of our newest release describes how to set up an appropriate learning environment to support interactions and activities related to various early math skills. Whether you are a teacher looking for ways to strengthen the math learning in your early childhood classroom, an educator in a community of practice who wants to learn more about teaching math in developmentally appropriate ways, or a teacher-educator who wants to offer students an easy-to-use reference and guide for helping young children develop their math competencies and skills, The Path to Early Math will help you make math learning a fun and worthwhile activity in your setting.

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Creative Investigations in Early Math

Creative Investigations in Early Math gives early educators practical ideas for intentionally fostering young children's hands-on explorations in math, rather than just teaching math. As children encounter math in everyday activities, they will gain a deeper understanding of numbers and number sense, computation, geometry, patterns, measurement, and more! 

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Math and Science Investigations

Using Children's Books to Make Big Discoveries

This text shows educators how to facilitate hands-on investigations to help children learn the skills, concepts, and standards of mathematics, science, language, and literacy – all at the same time – using some of their favorite books.

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Hands-On Science and Math

Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children

Filled with hands-on activities that incorporate all of the senses, this book will help you plan engaging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lessons that will excite children and foster their critical thinking.

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Thinking Big, Learning Big

Connecting Science, Math, Literacy, and Language

This book demonstrates how to teach in the way that children learn best: by seeing, feeling, and doing, and making memorable creations on a grand scale that enhances their understanding. BIG activities will engage little learners with this complete curriculum for science, math, literacy, and language.

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Math in Minutes

Easy Activities for Children Ages 4-8

Math in Minutes is full of engaging, exciting activities that introduce early math concepts and relate directly to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards. Each chapter focuses on a math concept, and progresses from easier activities to more difficult ones.

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Jump into Math

Active Learning for Preschool Children

Research shows that the most effective way for children to learn concepts is to experience them physically. Jump into Math is the perfect way to turn children's love of active games into learning opportunities! The activities in each chapter are organized by level of difficulty, and each one incorporates fun, exciting math experiences with movement.

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Preschool Math

Preschool Math is full of engaging math activities that use the scientific ideals of testing, evaluating, exploring, experimenting, problem solving, making guesses, and forming a hypothesis, while utilizing interesting materials and environments in mathematical ways.

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The Giant Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6

Over 600 Activities Written by Teachers for Teachers

This book is a go-to resource for early educators seeking developmentally appropriate math activities to include in their day. Organized by curriculum area or time of day, each activity is complete with math concepts, materials needed, and step-by-step instructions.

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Author(s)Maureen Murphy, Charlie Clark, Kathy Charner, Robert A. Williams, Joy Lubawy, Debbie Cunningham, Rae Pica, Sharon MacDonald, Marie Faust Evitt, Beth Davis, Sally Anderson with The Vermont Center for the Book, Angela Eckhoff, PhD, Ingrid Crowther

Lisa Williford

Lisa Williford, an experienced marketing event coordinator, served with Kaplan Early Learning Company and Gryphon House from 2020 - 2023.