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    Default Pre-k/K Math ideas?

    My kiddo has been able to count up through 14 for awhile now but we've only recently started introducing number recognition since she's working on letter recognition now too. We've been doing some counting activities and pattern recognition with M&M's (manipulative AND reward all in one!) but aside from that, I'm stumped. I also have her going through the Learning Path on which she loves. Aside from those, does anyone have any math suggestions for this academic range? We already a lot of baking, cooking with practical math (counting, measuring, basic concepts of fractions), and we'll often play games like, "How many [things] do you see?"

    She already understands basic concepts like more/less, etc. I'm trying to stay away from workbooks though she so far thinks those are 'fun" and if they help her write, I'm okay with them, too. She seems to like websites and games, though.
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    Default has a bunch of preschool worksheets and games. My almost 4yr old loves it.
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    Good things for early math:

    * A bin of pattern blocks

    * Play money and a cash register

    * an abacus

    * MEP Reception

    * A box of Cuisenaire rods

    * Usborne Sticker Math

    * Education Unboxed

    * Right Start Games (goes through elementary school)

    * Math story books! For younger kids I especially like the Tana Hoban books, the Anno books (especially Anno's Counting book), the Mathstart books by Stuart J Murphy, and the I Love Math books - you can find more ideas at's lists here.
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    I labeled the stairs with large signs. I stacked empty Folger's coffee "cans" (they are plastic and have a handle) from work. Bingo (homemade), Sum Swamp, very simple Concentration (home make), War, SlapJack, Dominos, dice games (throw down two and she picks up the larger of the two), counting steps all over the house from room to room, measuring a beloved dog with hand-lengths, counting cups of water to fill a pan, counting cars ("two cars, three trucks; three cars, three trucks") as each one passes to help with remembering where one is numerically.

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    Right now we are loving cuisenaire rods. I finally am figuring out how to use them and they are so awesome. The best part is that while I work with my son, my 2 year old builds towers and houses and things out of the blocks we aren't using. So, she is actually happily occupied for the whole math lesson when we use them.

    I just bought Sum Swamp and my son LOVES it.

    I also have the Right Start Games book and have started to play some games from there.

    Geoboards (making numbers, shapes, etc. on them)

    Pattern blocks

    A giant number line that I made and tape to the floor in our hallway. I have him hop down it and call out the numbers to practice skip counting. I have also started giving him a number to stand on and then telling him to add/subtract a certain amount and he loves to try to jump all the way to the right answer.

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    We have an abacus, pattern blocks and a new item called inchimals that little man loves for learning the basic math facts. We can add and subtract with them, measure with them and sometimes build with them. He'll do problems with them endlessly. Really nice wooden item. Can find on amazon or fat brain toys.

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    I've been using some of the CSMP program with my dd2. I print the pages as we go (we don't do them all), that helps me feel like I have some direction but without having to spend a lot of planning time on it. Similar to Farrar's MEP Reception suggestion.

    Another idea is to research math programs you might like to use later and go ahead and get the first year and any recommended manipulatives, you could do an occasional lesson, split up lessons, or just play with the manipulatives. There is no rush, but if you are looking for guidance on progression it might help.

    A lot of the manipulatives mentioned by other posters are great, too.

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    My 5 yo loved his Singapore Essential Math workbooks. They are lovely little books with all sorts of math activities in them. The only problem for us was that he blew through them. A and B, which were supposed to last the year, lasted us six weeks.
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    Ooh, CSMP. That's so wacky interesting stuff, that is.
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    Marshmallow Math is a book with lots of good math teaching ideas for preschool and early elementary. It's really cheap right now if you buy it for a Kindle or Kindle App.

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