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 Talk Together

In everyday conversation use appropriate mathematics vocabulary such as positional words-over, under, near, behind, in front of, underneath; shape names-circle, square, triangle; and words such as more than, less than, addition and subtraction.

Wonder aloud about number of things.  Are there more apples or oranges in that bowl?

Practice addition: I have three balls and you have one.  How many do we have?

Practice subtraction: You have four cookies.  If you give me one, how many will you have left?

Look for and Talk about numbers everywhere- On clocks, signs, clothing, and appliances

Look and Talk about the shapes in your environment.

Make predictions and estimations when doing everyday activities.


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Explore Together

Provide materials that encourage mathematics explorations: shapes, blocks, collections of small objects, items to fill and empty, standard and non-standard measuring tools.

Obtain computer programs that allow your child to explore mathematics concepts.

Practice meaningful counting: the number of plates on the table, the number of forks needed for dinner.

Look for and describe patterns in the indoor and outdoor environments: on book jackets, clothing, in a garden, on buildings. Create patterns of objects, colors, shapes, and words.

Sort everyday objects such as laundry, socks, toys and groceries.


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Read Together

Borrow or buy books that have explicit math content: counting, measuring, etc.

Read books that have repeated sequences of events, point out the events and give children an opportunity to make predictions :What happens next?

Look for math words and concepts in all picture books: numbers, patterns, and shapes.

Make your own counting books.


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 Math Unit 2

Learning Expectations


Children will:

Represent a teen number as a group of ten and leftover ones.

Read and write numbers to thirty.

Read number words to twenty.

Arrange three numbers (up to 20) in increasing order.

Count by twos starting at any number less than 10.

Learn facts to ten.