The ultimate resource for establishing a solid foundation for mathematical proficiency, Essential Math Skills provides hundreds of engaging, easy-to-implement activities and practical assessment tools. This standards- and research-based resource identifies the core math skills that must be measured at each grade level in Pre-K through third grade. Teachers can easily identify the skills from earlier grades that may need reteaching as well as appropriate activities for students who are ready to tackle higher-level skills. Students build confidence as they develop deep understanding and successfully advance through the skills. The creative strategies presented for teaching each skill include the use of manipulatives, visual-motor activities, exploration, inquiry, and play. When they experience success with these fun tasks, students can't help but fall in love with math!