mathonfloor.jpgUnit 1
Using fingers rapidly and correctly is essential to mathematical progress. Have your child count holding up one finger for each number as they count. Vary the speed and volume to maintain interest. Any order of fingers is fine, as long as they show the correct number. Then, ask your child to show you 5 (vary the number) fingers.

Practice counting by 2's.

Have your child draw a repeating pattern using 2 letters or 2 shapes.

Talk about circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. Have your child identify them in the environment around you.

Using the numbered playing cards and have your child read each number as they turn them over from facedown.

Put a row of beans or counters at the top of a page. Have your child use a coffee stirrer or narrow strip of paper as a break-apart stick to show all the partner pairs of the number. Example: 5 = 5 + 0. 4 + 1, 2 + 3, 3 + 2, 1 + 4, 0 + 5

Practice making the numerals in the air with your child.

Have your child practice counting from a number other than 1. Example: Start counting from 6.

Share a shape book with your child. (listed on the literature list)

Play Hopscotch with the numbers 1-7. Share the book Hopscotch Around the World (Literature List).