Early Numeracy Session Descriptions


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Making Number Sense in the Early Years (Sessions 1A and 1B)

This activity active session will begin by defining number sense at the early years. The presenter will show how parents and others can set up developmentally relevant activities that promote a foundation of number sense and engage children in projects that result in understanding of math concepts.

Outcomes: As a result of attending, Participants will

  • Define number Sense.
  • Describe 15 center rotations to promote number sense in K-1 Classrooms. ( Age 5-6 focused session)
  • Describe several activities to promote number sense in play at home, child care and preschool.
  • Explain how a parent’s attitude toward mathematics can affect learning in that content area.
  • Be more confident in one’s own ability as a parent or educator to introduce or apply math concepts
  • Recognize opportunities to introduce math concepts in various areas of the home, the outdoors or the community
  • Create a “math toolbox”
  • Explain ways that math is foundational to many aspects of life, including sights, sounds and activities of a typical day.

Indicators of Kindergarten Readiness For Math ( Sessions 2A and 2B )

Using the Newly Published New Hampshire Department of Education’s NH Kindergarten Readiness Indicators, Cherrie Fulton, a former mathematics teacher and currently a Title I Coordinator, will overview the indicators, focusing on mathematics expectations for 5 year olds, and the “ages and stages” of mathematics that are seen in child development.

Outcomes: As a result of attending, Participants will:

  • List readiness indicators for 5 year olds, with focus on mathematics expectations.
  • List ways that young children can show their understanding of math concepts at their developmental levels.
  • Describe 7 activities that show children how to recognize mathematics concepts in familiar settings.
  • Describe “ages and stages” of mathematics, and processes that occur in each.
  • Produce activities for kits to help children at each age range reach readiness goals.

Math Words: See It! Say It! Do It! (Sessions 3A and 3B)

This workshop will offer several easy to use, engaging, and kinesthetic strategies for building math vocabulary with young children. Teachers, child care providers and parents will learn to identify key math vocabulary and understand the important role vocabulary plays in learning early math concepts, retaining knowledge, and problem solving. During the workshop, participants will have time to practice strategies and develop materials that support math vocabulary at home, preschool, chlldcare and in the community. Teachers will receive a list of math terms as well as a DVD that shows how to put the words in motion. The workshop is brain-based, fast-paced, and fun.

Outcomes: As a result of attending, participants will:

  • Identify key vocabulary children ages 2-4, (and for second session, 5-6)
  • Understand the important role vocabulary plays in learning early math concepts, retaining knowledge, and problem solving
  • Apply 3 or more strategies demonstrated at the session
  • Create materials that support math vocabulary at home, preschool, childcare and community

Finding Math in Favorite Books ( Sessions 4A and 4B )

Enjoy demonstrations by a group of educators, parents and adaptive communication specialists. Presenters have selected books that parents can read at home, or educators and child care providers can read at their centers, and will show how to read those books with the accent on math. An adaptive communication specialist will show how to enhance books to make them more attractive and functional for children with language disorders. These adaptations are also good for getting the attention of all children.

Outcomes: As a result of attending, participants will

  • List books that are excellent resources for introducing and applying math concepts as children read for pleasure.
  • Understand how adults in a child’s life can contribute to numeracy education.
  • Demonstrate strategies for reading that help parents encourage development of math concepts.
  • Acquire skills and resources to teach others how to use early reading to support both literacy and numeracy.
  • Describe reading strategies that can enhance meaning for all children, including those with language disorders and delays.
  • Adapt books to support reading for meaning, focusing on math