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Preschool Math at Home: Simple Activities to Build the Best Possible Foundation for Your Child Paperback – April 15, 2016
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About the Author
Kate Snow is a math educator on a mission to help parents raise kids who are capable and confident at math. A homeschooling mother of two, she holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard University and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Walden University. Kate is also the author of Preschool Math at Home: Simple Activities to Build the Best Possible Foundation for Your Child.She writes at kateshomeschoolmath.com.
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The book teaches math concepts through finger play and counting the toys or objects the child can see. We've easily turned these lessons merely into play. For instance today we used counting bears in two colors in a row, first five yellow bears followed by a small space and then five green bears to count to 10. Then, I removed some of the green bears and we practiced counting on from five knowing that the yellow bears continued to total five. This will prepare her to recognize the same sorts of games played on the five and ten frame (a favorite of Kate's I believe). My 3 year old thinks she is just playing 'How many bears are at the birthday party now mommy?' but she is getting a solid foundation in these early math skills.
As long as they are age or level appropriate for my kids, I will be using Kate's materials in my homeschool and I continue to recommend her products to my friends. Three families in our co-op are now using this book as their preschool math curriculum.
What I like:
-The activities take zero prep and really only require some "counters".
-The activities are totally age appropriate! This is huge! They are simple and can be done in only a few minutes. They are fun - my son loves "math time". They do not require any writing, which is the downfall of many early learning books.
-It is well thought out and has taken us through some concepts I may not have thought of myself, like the difference between counting and counting out items, and subitizing.
What I don't like:
-The price: the book is a thin paperback and I was expecting a weightier volume for the price. It's possible that Amazon has just spoiled me. If you think of it as "curriculum", the price is reasonable.
-The author takes a very linear approach to building math skills and stresses mastery of each chapter before moving to the next. This is not necessary, in my opinion, and may eventually bore a child if he/she gets stuck on a particular skill. All the skills she presents are important and should eventually be mastered, but, for example, I don't think it's necessary that a child have all the number symbols memorized before being introduced to any concept of addition. Not a big deal - if you're doing it at home, you're in charge of when your child moves on!
Bottom line: We've really enjoyed working through this book. I'd recommend it.