# Joyful Learning in the Early Years

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 "You do not study mathematics because it helps you build a bridge. You study mathematics because it is the poetry of the universe. Its beauty transcends mere things." --Johnathan David Farley

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These easy to create, versatile and developmentally appropriate activities incorporate core math concepts that are perfect for independent work, targeted small group instruction, or printed and made into ‘family math bags’ for pre-kindergarten,
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Numbers
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Computation, Math Centers
\$4.99
13 ratings
3.9
Subitizing is when a child instantly recognizes the number of objects in a group without counting. It is a foundational skill that will help prepare young mathematicians for subsequent algebraic work.This resource shares 25 easy to prepare and
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Computation, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.B.4b, K.CC.B.4c, K.CC.C.6, K.CC.C.7, K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.5
\$4.99
4 ratings
4.0
The magnitude of a number is defined as the distance of that number from 0 on the number line. Number magnitude also involves comparing numbers to other numbers in terms of how much greater than, or less than, they are in relation to one another.
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.CC.A.2, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.B.4b, K.CC.B.4c, K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6, K.CC.C.7, K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.3
\$3.99
5 ratings
4.0
Online Resource
Subitizing is when a child instantly recognizes the number of objects in a group without counting. It is a foundational skill that will help prepare young mathematicians for subsequent algebraic work.This bundle combines two popular TPT products
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.B.4b, K.CC.B.4c, K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6, K.CC.C.7, K.NBT.A.1...
\$9.98
\$7.99
7 ratings
4.0
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Interesting photos are an engaging way to introduce a math talk to children. Math talks are open-ended, low floor-high ceiling activities that invite children to critically observe, analyze, and discuss something of interest. This autumn-inspired
Subjects:
Math, Word Problems, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Computation, Math Centers
\$3.50
3 ratings
4.0
Online Resource
Nursery rhymes are an important element of early literacy because they help children develop their oral language skills. They incorporate rhyme, help children identify new words, and play with sounds and syllables.In this resource I share 20 easy to
Subjects:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Math Centers
\$3.99
4 ratings
4.0
Interactive, hands-on math is fun for children! Pattern blocks are a foundational manipulative for many early years and primary classrooms. They help children develop numerous spatial reasoning skills. Pattern blocks can be composed and decomposed
Subjects:
Math, Geometry
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.G.A.1, K.G.A.2, K.G.B.4, K.G.B.6
\$2.99
3 ratings
4.0
Pentominoes are a foundational math manipulative for many early years and primary classrooms. They help children develop numerous spatial reasoning skills. There are twelve distinct pentomino pieces in one set. Each piece is composed of five
Subjects:
Math, Geometry, Other (Math)
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.CC.B.4, K.G.A.1, K.G.B.4, K.G.B.6
\$3.99
1 rating
4.0
Online Resource
Cuisenaire Rods are a set of ten colour coded rectangular rods. Each rod is a different length and corresponds to a number (1 centimeter through to 10 centimeters). Cuisenaire rods are a versatile math manipulative that can assist children with many
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.B.4b, K.CC.B.4c, K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6
\$2.99
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Subitizing is when a child instantly recognizes the number of objects in a group without counting. It is a foundational skill that will help prepare young mathematicians for subsequent algebraic work.This is the follow up resource for Subitizing!
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 4th
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.CC.A.2, K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.B.4b, K.CC.B.4c, K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6, K.CC.C.7, K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.3...
\$4.99
2 ratings
4.0
Natural, recycled and found loose parts are treasures to a young child. This presentation can be used to share with families the importance of using loose parts in the classroom (e.g., shared during an open house, posted in an e-newsletter).
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Numbers
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
\$1.99
2 ratings
4.0
These five simple activities are easy to integrate into an early primary classroom in order to help children conceptualize numbers and number relationships using the flipped hundred chart.
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.A.3
\$1.50
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This bundle includes two popular products - 20 activities that use cuisenaire rods and pattern blocks. Children are encouraged to explore number sense, geometry and spatial reasoning in these easy to create and implement invitations for learning.
Subjects:
Math, Geometry, Numbers
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
\$5.98
\$5.38
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Cuisenaire Rods are a set of ten colour coded rectangular rods. Each rod is a different length and corresponds to a number (1 centimeter through to 10 centimeters). Cuisenaire rods are a versatile math manipulative that can assist children with many
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.B.4b, K.CC.B.4c, K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6
\$2.99
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Pentominoes are an incredibly fun and versatile math tool that encourage numeracy, patterning and spatial reasoning. Plastic or wooden sets are available for purchase from educational resource stores and catalogues. These printable pages can also be
Subjects:
Math, Measurement, Numbers
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
FREE
1 rating
4.0
Interesting images can provoke deep math conversation among children. Presenting images as part of a math circle can be an effective way to introduce a new topic, or spark a mathematical inquiry in your classroom. This resource shares some of my
Subjects:
Math, Geometry, Word Problems
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
FREE
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This tracking sheet features the faces 1 - 6 of one die. The number of pips (black dots) represent one number. It can be copied and used for many math games and centers.
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Games
FREE
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This activity comes from one of my subitizing packs. Use the black line master to compliment a dice game with children. Each child can roll one or two dice, and represent it in different ways on the sheet. Headers can be modified to practice
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Games, Math Centers
FREE
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A template to help document observations and next steps for children using the Four Frames of the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Math, Child Care
PreK, Kindergarten
Types:
Assessment
FREE
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These pages feature numbers in different fonts. Understanding that the same number can be represented in different ways helps build children's confidence and accuracy when identifying and working with numerals. These pages can be used to compliment
Subjects:
Math, Numbers
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a kindergarten teacher who is passionate about advocating for best practices in the early years including inquiry-based, play-based learning, authentic literacy and numeracy experiences, democratic education, learning through the arts, and co-creating the classroom space with children.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am greatly inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Numerous peer-reviewed published articles in educational journals. Google me!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Ph.D. in Educational Studies

Kindergarten teacher in the full day kindergarten program in Ontario, Canada www.mrsmclennan.blogspot.com @McLennan1977