Embracing Math: Cultivating a Mindset for Exploring and Learning

Embracing Math: Cultivating a Mindset for Exploring and Learning

by Deanna Pecaski McLennan


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Nurture Creative, Exploratory Math Learning

Discover what math teaching and learning looks like in the playful, emergent environment of the early childhood classroom. Every day, children explore math concepts in their conversations and interactions. You can build on that natural curiosity by engaging children in meaningful, complex math learning opportunities that are grounded in their observations and questions.

Based on the experiences in her own classroom, author Deanna Pecaski McLennan helps you reflect on your curriculum through a mathematical lens and see the potential for math teaching and learning everywhere. Each chapter of this engaging, easy-to-read book is packed with practical strategies and ideas for fostering hands-on, collaborative, integrated math explorations and inquiries with preschoolers and kindergartners.

With the information and guidance in this resource, you will develop a math-rich classroom while increasing children’s interest, confidence, and success in mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938113659
Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Publication date: 08/18/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 593,702
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Deanna Pecaski McLennan , PhD, is a passionate early childhood educator, researcher, and writer from Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, who has spent over 20 years working with young children. As a teacher in Ontario’s full-day kindergarten program (equivalent to US prekindergarten) and a university instructor, she devotes her research and practice to exploring the potential for rich mathematics learning through playful inquiry and exploration. She appreciates looking at life through a mathematical lens and recognizes opportunities for authentic, complex engagement in all experiences children have. She is a passionate advocate who feels deeply that the investments we make in the lives of young children benefit our society tremendously over time.

Deanna is also a mom to three children and knows firsthand the importance of supporting and improving their confidence, fluency, and accuracy in mathematics. She considers herself a lifelong learner and has spent the last several years transforming her classroom into a safe, supportive space where children can take risks without the use of rigid programming, rote practice, or worksheets. Deanna believes that educators benefit from sharing their journeys with one another and actively uses reflective writing, technology, and social media to connect with others from around the world. Part of her journey has involved writing extensively for NAEYC and publishing articles in the organization’s magazine, Teaching Young Children, and peer-reviewed journal, Young Children. Deanna uses her writing and large social media following to provoke conversations about the role math plays in emergent programs and how educators can cultivate children’s mathematical mindset while still honoring their interests, strengths, and needs. You can learn more by visiting her website at www.mrsmclennan.blogspot.com or following her on Twitter and Instagram @McLennan1977.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:


Part 1: Exploring Math with Open-Ended Materials and Strategies

Chapter 1: Unexpected Treasure: How Real and Recycled Objects Inspire Thinking and Learning

Chapter 2: Ten Fun Activities to Engage Children in Subitizing

Chapter 3: Using Children’s Names to Build Number Sense

Chapter 4: Playing with Shapes Using Pentominoes

Chapter 5: Creating Coding Stories and Games

Part 2: Embedding Math in All Areas of the Classroom

Chapter 6: Making Math Meaningful for Young Children

Chapter 7: Integrated Math in Learning Centers

Chapter 8: Connecting Math Concepts with Literacy Experiences
Coauthored by Erin Keith

Chapter 9: Math Learning—and a Touch of Science—in the Outdoor World

Chapter 10: Mathematical Masterpieces: Exploring Math Through Art

Chapter 11: Easy Ways to Integrate Math in the Gym and Beyond

Part 3: Scaffolding Mathematical Inquiry

Chapter 12: Classroom Bird Feeding: Giving Flight to Children’s Imaginations

Chapter 13: “Paper Shoes Aren’t for Dancing!” Children’s Explorations of Music and Movement Through Inquiry
Coauthored by Jennifer Bombardier

Chapter 14: Mitten Measurement: Inspiring Rich Math Inquiry Through Children’s Books

Chapter 15: Counting Kindness: How a Food Drive Inspired Rich Mathematical Thinking

Appendix: Reproducible Resources for Families




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