About Daycare math
My name is Mette Kirsch and this website is a documentation of my math-focused activities with kids aged 2-5 at a local, home-based daycare in Minnesota. All sessions were approximately 30-45 minutes long with the math activity lasting about 20 minutes.
My visits with the kids started in February 2014 as part of my service in Minnesota Math Corps, an AmeriCorps program.
In my preparations for the sessions, I was particularly inspired by research on ‘math stories’ and active learning as experimented with in various homeschool settings. See below for a list of my most important literature and blog roll.
Resources on Minnesota standards for early math:
Minnesota’s Early Learning Guidelines for children ages birth – 3 here. (pdf)
Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards for children ages 3 – 5 here. (pdf)
Wilburne, Keat and Napoli, 2011: ‘Cowboys Count, Monkeys Measure, and Princesses Problem Solve – Building Early Math Skills Through Storybooks’ Brookes Publishing. 136 pp. ISBN: 978-1-59857-106-6
Stern, 2011: ‘Adding Math, Subtracting Tension: A Guide to Raising Children Who Can Do Math, Prekindergarten-Grade 2’ ISBN 978-0-87353-693-6.