How Preschool Children Learn Mathematics?

Pre-Assignment: Make a list of all math materials you have. Make a list of all the math practices you know.

Bring fifty dots from your Ellison machine.


  • Identify the importance of mathematical talk.
  • Name activities to support sorting, clarifying, patterning, and counting.
  • Describe how young children develop number sense.
  • Support students' number sense using measurement and data activities.
  • Describe strategies for developing spatial relationships.
  • Outline a sequence for preschool mathematics instruction.

Agenda Day One

8:30-9:30 AM

Activity #1:

Math Routines of the Day

  • Survey of the Day
  • Attendance of the Day
  • Estimate Jar

Activity #2:

Highlight verbs in the standards for mathematical practice.

9:30-10:30 AM

Activity #3

Young Children and Math Talk

Classroom Tour: How does the classroom environment support student talk and math thinking?

Activity #2a


Activity #3

Collecting, Sorting, and Classifying

  • Activity: Would You Rather?
  • Activity: The Secret Club
  • Activity: Videos Watching Children in Action
  • Activity: How to Use Children's Literature to Promote Student Talk and Math Concepts
  • Carlo Likes Counting

Activity #4


  • Activity: Patterning
  • What activities have supported students recognition of patterns?

12:30-1:30 PM

Activity #5

Understanding How Young Children Count

Research on Counting

  • Activity: Save the Last Word Based on "How Preschool Children Learn Mathematics"
  • Activity: Videos Watching Children in Action

1:30 PM-2:30 PM

Activity #6: Making Visuals Tools for Counting

Other Visual Tools

Activity #7

Make a Rekernek

Activity #8