Math Book Recommendation

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This book jumped into my cart during the preschool years at one of my favorite stores called Lakeshore.  It is an awesome way to put Math manipulatives on your brain to then guide your child through a bouncy castle of Math concepts.

Hands-On Standards has a boring title, but is educational for both the parent and student. It is divided into five sections: Number and Operations, Geometry, Algebra, Measurement, and Data Analysis & Probability, all based on the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). Sounds intense for 3-5 year olds, huh? Don’t panic;) Some of it you’ve likely already done with your child and didn’t realize how awesome you were for doing it. Some new lessons you’ll breeze through, others you’ll visit all year.

I made these lessons as informal and fun as possible for my kids. I didn’t always read the entire lesson or go through it step by step. I didn’t always use the exact manipulatives or sheets in the back. Modify. Expand. Turn a lesson into a game. Some of the sheets in the back you may want to laminate for reusing.  Shop for the manipulative as needed, or substitute items around the house. Pennies, bottle caps, hot wheel cars, checkers, etc. Edible ones are fun too!

Happy Math! –Shelisa

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