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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 to weave 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 use purposeful play with 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.

See which domain of school readiness in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Outcomes Framework this book addresses.

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