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Math for the Very Young: A Handbook of Activities for Parents and Teachers
Contributor(s): Polonsky, Lydia (Author), Freedman, Dorothy (Author), Lesher, Susan (Author)

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ISBN: 0471016470     ISBN-13: 9780471016472
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
OUR PRICE: $15.26  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 1995

Annotation: Exciting, imaginative ways to make learning math fun for your child! Preschool to second grade is the ideal age span for introducing math concepts to young children. We all know how important it is in this technological age to grow up at ease in the world of mathematics. Math for the Very Young shows how to instill that comfort and confidence early--using activities, games, songs, crafts, and special projects that make math interesting, fun, and relevant to children's daily lives. Here are exciting, novel ways for parents and children to explore together the myriad mathematical possibilities in the world around them. Familiar tasks like cooking, doing laundry, going to the store, planning a party, and reading introduce patterns, numbers, collecting and understanding data, geometry, and measurement. An art project with folded paper teaches symmetry. A car ride offers an opportunity to count the car colors or distinguish the shapes of road signs. A trip to the zoo encourages youngsters to make comparisons. All the activities use materials that are easy to find. The math concepts are clearly presented so that even the most math-wary parent will find them inviting and understandable. The approach teaching mathematics is in the same spirit as the highly regarded University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, whose curriculum materials have made math more meaningful, more easily understood, and much more enjoyable for thousands of children.
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction
Dewey: 649.68
LCCN: 94020861
Physical Information: 0.57" H x 7.49" W x 9.19" (0.86 lbs) 224 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Lydia Polonsky is a staff developer and author for the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. Dorothy Freedman, Susan Lesher, and Kate Morrison are teachers at the University Chicago Laboratory Schools and authors for the Project. They have all seen how young children respond with wonder and pleasure to the mathematical adventures in their daily lives.
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