We currently use the Building Blocks math curriculum and complement our weekly pacing guide with a range of activities and inquiry that support mathematical thinking. It is important to think about math as a language for talking about numbers, measurement, patterns, shapes, and comparing and sorting objects and data. Children use this language as they experience math daily in formal and informal experiences by counting things in the environment, going on a shape walk, or beginning to match quantities of items to their respective symbols. Real world experiences like figuring out how many blocks it takes to go across the classroom or graphing which kind of apples people in the class like the best are part of math learning as are trips to the grocery store, sorting socks, and counting out cheerios. In addition to Building Blocks we draw upon the work of the Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative http://earlymath.erikson.edu/ as well as our own “Math Vitamins” that we send out a few times a month.
In addition, here are some important nationally recognized early math resources.
About Teaching Mathematics: A K-8 Resource by Marilyn Burns
A Collection of Math Lessons: From Grades 1-3 by Marilyn Burns
(both these books have nice modifications for preschool)
Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten by Kathy Richardson
The Young Child and Mathematics by Kathy Richardson
Math Their Way by Mary Barrata-Lorton
The Math Their Way Summary Newsletter