Let's Talk About Math: The Littlecounters Approach To Building Early Math Skills by Donna KotsopoulosLet's Talk About Math: The Littlecounters Approach To Building Early Math Skills by Donna Kotsopoulos

Let's Talk About Math: The Littlecounters Approach To Building Early Math Skills

byDonna Kotsopoulos, Joanne LeeEditorDonna Kotsopoulos

Paperback | May 13, 2014

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Math can't wait.Children who can count with ease before kindergarten have a better shot at future mathematics success—and with this book, it's simple and fun toweave counting and other math concepts into everyday activities.Drawn from the authors'¬'¢ playful and popular LittleCounters® workshops, this guidebook shows early educators, caregivers, and parents how to usepurposeful playwith children from birth to 5 to promote mathematical thinking and get them ready for formal math instruction. Packed with easy, no-fear strategies any adult can use—even if you're math-phobic!—this book will help all the teachers in a child's life foster critical early math knowledge and school readiness.


  • Discover amazing facts about the mathematical minds of babies and young children
  • Transform ordinary toys into learning tools that help teach mathematical concepts
  • Organize play environments and activities to encourage math learning
  • Spot teachable moments and add purposeful math talk to daily tasks
  • Teach "meaningful counting"—the skill that underpins children's potential for future math success
  • Infuse math learning into specific daily routines, such as meals, chores, and bedtime
  • Support children's readiness for formal math instruction
  • Get started with your own LittleCounters® workshop—or use the principles right away in your program or home

PRACTICAL MATERIALS:Examples and vignettes; sample activities and scripts of adult-child dialogue; recommended counting books and songs; and a detailed introduction to interactive LittleCounters® workshops, where parents and kids learn and have fun together.

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Donna Kotsopoulos, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science (Department of Mathematics) at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She is a former elementary and secondary school mathematics teacher. Dr. Kotsopoulos is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers....
Title:Let's Talk About Math: The Littlecounters Approach To Building Early Math SkillsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.36 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Brookes PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1598575899

ISBN - 13:9781598575897

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Donna Kotsopoulos, Ph.D., and Joanne Lee, Ph.D.

Chapter 1: Mathematical brains of young children (0-5 years)
Sensitivity to quantity/numerosity
Linking numerosity to number words
Ordinality, ordering numbers, and ordinal numbers
Chapter Summary

Chapter 2: Purposeful play
Mathematics made playful and mathematizing elements of play
Adults' role in play
Free play
Play-based learning
Purposeful play
Assessing learning through play
Chapter summary

Chapter 3: Counting with your LittleCounters®
Symbolic representations of numbers
Chapter summary

Chapter 4: Let's talk about numbers
What is mathematical talk?
What do parents talk about with their young children?
Talk and learning about numbers
Chapter summary

Chapter 5: Other mathematical thinking
Visual spatial reasoning
Visual spatial development
Adding and subtracting
Patterning and early algebra
Proportional reasoning
Ordinal numbers
Chapter summary

Chapter 6: Mathematics in everyday activities and routines
Chores and helping
Organization and time
Chapter summary

Chapter 7: Mathematics education during formal schooling
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Readiness for schooling
Narrowing the gap
Gender and mathematics
The role of parents
Teachers and teacher knowledge
Chapter summary

Appendix A: Overview of LittleCounters®
Appendix B: Children''¬'¢s counting books
Our suggested list of counting books Appendix C: Children''¬'¢s songs and poems