Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math: More Than 175 Ideas, Lessons, and Videos for Building Foundations in Math, A Multimedia Professional Learning Resource, Grades PreK–K


Through an exciting multimedia format, Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math takes you into an early childhood classroom for a seeing is believing look at how to create a focused, successful mathematics program while simultaneously deepening your knowledge of the mathematical ideas that need to be developed at an early age. You’ll find:

  • 26 video segments filmed in an actual classroom;
  • more than 150 lessons and investigations;
  • dozens of ideas for encouraging and supporting math talk with young children;
  • numerous formative assessment recommendations including videos of one-on-one interviews;
  • research-based strategies and insights to student misconceptions;
  • reproducibles (downloads provided upon purchasing this resource), and more.

The demands of the Common Core State Standards require students to have a stronger grounding in math concepts early on. In addition, research indicates that mastery of math concepts in early childhood is the most powerful predictor of later learning. These factors and more make Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math an essential go-to resource for the teaching and learning of early childhood mathematics.

Ann Carlyle and Brenda Mercado
50-minute DVD
384 Pages

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Ann Carlyle teaches Math Methods courses for UCSB’s Graduate School of Education. She also is a supervisor of teaching candidates and academic coordinator. Ann was an elementary teacher in Goleta for more than thirty-seven years. She is the 1993 California recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and the 2000 recipient of the George Polya Memorial Award from the California Mathematics Council. Ann has previously served on the National Council Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors. Ann is also a Math Solutions consultant.

Brenda Mercado has been an early childhood teacher for almost thirty years, fourteen of which she has taught preschool. She has been studying the Reggio Emelia approach for more than ten years and has hosted two international conference site tours. Brenda is also a Math Solutions consultant.

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"A true confession: teaching preschool and kindergarten has always been a terrifying thought for me. I began my teaching career by teaching ninth graders and, over the years, moved down the grades as I became curious about misconceptions that students showed. When I got to second grade, I knew I was on the edge of my comfort zone. And while from time to time I'd visit a kindergarten class and teach a math lesson, I never felt completely comfortable or successful. If I had had access to Ann and Brenda's book, I might have felt differently. Their delight in and commitment to teaching young children shine throughout their resource. It's inspiring."

Marilyn Burns
Founder, Math Solutions

"Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math celebrates the competencies and learning processes of young children. Throughout the chapters, the explanations, teacher reflections, and thought-provoking questions lead educators to a deeper understanding of the math work they do with children and how to make it even more meaningful. I've made lots of notes and can hardly wait to begin some of these processes in my own classroom."

Kirstin Rasmussen
Santa Clara Head Start
Tucson, Arizona

"Take a random look at any of these materials and you know in an instant they were created by great teachers. The first clue is their abiding and inviolable respect and faith in the developing minds of young children. They start with the children, understanding and respecting them, and from there provide the experiences that embed the content they will need to succeed in school and, more importantly, to become mathematically adept adults and citizens. Secondly, while the materials, activities, and teaching tips are theoretically sound and supported by research, the theory and research are always presented in a way that makes sense and works in a classroom."

John Snyder
Dean of Bank Street College
New York, New York

"The hands-on, developmentally appropriate (and fun!) activities in Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math encourage children to make mathematical connections to the real world around them. In their shared commitment to provide our youngest learners with challenging yet sensitive opportunities for learning, Ann and Brenda have provided us with a resource that we should not be without."

Paul J. Ohm, Principal
Ocotillo Learning Center
Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona

"Drawing on many years spent carefully observing young children in their own exemplary classrooms, Ann and Brenda deliver just what they promise: a guide that focuses on the essential mathematics that needs to be experienced by children in the early grades."

Nancy Litton
Author, Getting Your Math Message Out to Parents, This Is Only a Test, and Second-Grade Math: A Month-to-Month Guide

"Clear understanding and acceptance of how young children think is complimented by insightful questioning techniques that encourage learners to take the next mathematical steps. Engaging photographs, video clips, and reflective journal entries all contribute to thinking more deeply about important issues like assessment and how to keep young learners engaged in meaningful mathematics."

Vicki Bachman
Curriculum/mathematics consultant, Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math captured my attention instantly! This resource is brilliant! The video will make your teacher heart smile. From jars and rocks to nuts and bolts and tweezers, Ann and Brenda will inspire you to provide purposeful, engaging, and developmentally appropriate math experiences everyday! As a former kindergarten teacher and a mother of a preschooler and a soon-to-be kindergartener, these are the opportunities for learning I dream about for my daughters . . . and for all young mathematicians."

Beth Terry
Parent and math specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Virginia; 2004 PAEMST Awardee—Colorado

"Ann and Brenda's work in Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math shows a commitment to the belief that children are mathematicians from a very early age. The experiences these dedicated professionals offer are a confirmation that mathematical ideas can and should be developed through exploration and inquiry as young children strive to make sense of the world around them."

Kay Thill
Teacher in residence and student teacher supervisor
University of Arizona

"As a teacher who works with struggling students and students with special needs, I appreciate the myriad of opportunities this resource offers for students to equally develop both sides of the brain during their learning. In the high-quality text and videos, students are constantly working with objects in their environment and challenged to discover the relationships between those objects by using their fine and gross motor skills, vision, and verbal skills. An equally important aspect is the emphasis on math talk to help children justify and make generalizations. Teachers are sure to walk away from each chapter with ideas they can immediately implement."

Lisa Ann de Garcia
Author, Elementary Mathematics Is Anything But Elementary and mathematics specialist
Department of Defense Schools, Atsugi Japan

"Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math is laid out in a user-friendly format with math vocabulary and icons in the margins that highlight activities such as circle time, children's literature, and home-school connections. One of the strongest components is the accompanying DVD; the video clips of students bring the text to life. This is a valued resource on my bookshelf as well as many other teachers with whom I work."

Joan Barrett
Math professional developer
Collinsville, Illinois

"Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math extends the work of Marilyn Burns and the use of manipulative mathematics for early childhood education. This hands-on, easy-to-follow approach is a must read for educators who hope to establish mathematical thinking in young children. It offers practical guidelines that engage and inspire."

Emily Vance
International early childhood consultant, researcher, and author

"Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math brings the language of mathematics to life for teachers of young children through its thoughtful, thorough, and user-friendly format. The video clips, reflection questions, and reproducibles support teachers in developing their own observational skills in order to better understand children's thinking. This is an easy to use, fabulously rich resource."

Eleanor Droegemeier, University of Arizona College of Education Advisory Board member
Former preschool teacher and preschool program coordinator
Tucson Unified School District; 2007 Arizona Early Learning Award of Distinction

"Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math provides opportunities for teachers of three-, four-, and five-year-olds to understand the big mathematical ideas that are developing in their students. It gives effective guidance to observing this development by naming learning progressions to look for and assess. The authors thoughtfully guide the reader through the complexity of developing mathematical ideas with the use of videos, Teaching Insights, and Math Talk support."

Connie Lewis
Mathematics specialist, K–5

"Finally, a teacher-friendly resource for creating professional discourse about young mathematicians! Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math provides educators, parents, and administrators with a comprehensive look at the importance of developing numeracy in young children. Ann and Brenda share their expertise through carefully crafted lessons; their passion for teaching and learning is evident throughout and the video clips are priceless."

Mary Ann Warrington
Math specialist/coach and educational consultant
San Francisco, California
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