## Support for Distance Learning

The COVID-19 crisis means that many of us are working to support children's learning and development through distance learning and home schooling. This is a new challenge in work/life balance. We hope the free resources of this site support you and your young learners - whether you are a parent or a teacher - supporting children who are learning from home.

- Try this activity to help children learn shapes. (Login to view instructional steps/pdf.)
- Consider adapting for distance learning by replacing the flipchart shown here with a simple online whiteboards, such as https://witeboard.com/ or https://whiteboard.microsoft.com/
- Here is another version of Is It or Not? (Shape Recognizer)

Computer games

- This game helps children practice a skill that is often neglected, but increases the efficiency of children's counting - keeping track of counting, or counting from a given number (Counter On Using Patterns)- in a way that builds to children's addition and subtraction skills.
- Children can help turtle get home by identifying a numeral, counting up from the numeral to the sum of the numeral plus the dots.
- Facilitate your child's play by observing their strategies and encouraging them to count, starting at the numeral shown, to choose the correct number of steps the turtle can take (numeral plus dots).
- Research suggests that access to games like these supported increased learning for preschool age children.

When teaching virtually, feel free to use our Dot Cards and other resources found in Materials and Alignments.

Check out our Guide to Games to decide which game might challenge your young mathematician. More info under Online Games.

Our [LT]^{2 } tool is detailed and can be a challenge to navigate. Here are some starting places for you and your child(ren) to playfully engage in math learning at home or at school.

Quick Start Guide - Birth to 36 months PDF

Quick Start Guide - Age 3 - 5 Years PDF

Quick Start Guide - Grades 1 -3 PDF

Our activities are organized under

**Trajectories**, such as Counting, and**Levels**within a trajectory, such as Reciter, Corresponder, Counter (Small Numbers), Counter (10).- Each level has one or more
**Activities**to help children develop that level of thinking.

- Each level has one or more

**Birth to 12 months**

For the youngest age group, we recommend starting with some Spatial Orientation and Volume. Spatial Orientation activities help children explore where they are in space in relation to other objects and how to move themselves about within space. Volume activities, at the earliest levels, begin with an understanding of how a container can be empty or full.

__Learning Trajectory__ - Spatial Orientation

__Activities__

- Playing with Stuffed Animals
- Ring Stacker
- Number Cylinders

__Learning Trajectory__ - Spatial Orientation

__Level__- Path Integrater

__Activities__

- Playing in a Padded Area
- Shape and Spatial Talk
- Going for a Walk

__Learning Trajectory__ - Volume

__Level__– Volume Senser: Foundations

__Activities__

- Water Table
- Fill and Spill
- Measurement at Home

__Learning Trajectory__ - Volume

__Level__– Volume Quantity Recognizer

__Activities__

- Will I Fit? Box Play
- Water Volume Play

**12 to 24 months**

For young toddlers, try playing a guessing game with numbers-at-a-glance (also known as subitizing). Click here to learn more about Subitizing – an important mathematical skill you never knew you had!

__Learning Trajectory__ - Subitizing

__Level__– Number Senser: Foundations

__Activities__

- Number Talk
- Number Peekaboo
- Numbers at Home

__Learning Trajectory__ – Subitizing

__Level__– Very Small Number Recognizer

__Activities__

- Naming Numbers
- Numbers on Me

__Learning Trajectory__ - Subitizing

__Level__– Maker of Small Collections

__Activities__

- Concentration
- Get the Number
- Make Groups

**24 to 36 months**

For older toddlers, try activities that help children build skills of Comparing Number. This understanding of quantity in relation to other quantities is an important foundation for sequencing numerals or sets of objects. Click here to learn more about Comparing Number!

__Learning Trajectory__ – Comparing Number

__Level__– One-to-One Corresponder

__Activities__

- Get Just Enough (One-to-One)
- One-to-One Puzzles

__Learning Trajectory__ – Comparing Number

__Level__– Object Corresponder

__Activities__

- Get Just Enough (Match)
- Setting the Table

__Learning Trajectory__ - Comparing Number

__Level__– Perceptual Comparer

__Activities__

- Which Has More?
- Who Has More?

**Age 3**

A developmental commonality of most three years olds is to start asking “Why?” questions, try physical skills on their own, and communicate using their ever growing language skills. These are great skills to have when exploring Patterning and Spatial Visualization with common toys such as Pattern Blocks.

__Learning Trajectory__ – Patterning

__Level__- Pattern Recognizer

__Activities__

- Weaving Patterns
- Movement Patterns
- Clothes Patterns
- Patterns in the Environment
- Pattern Beat
- Math Hopscotch
- Let’s Talk about Patterns
- I See A Pattern

__Learning Trajectory__ – Patterning

__Level__- Patterner AB

__Activities__

- Color Patterns
- Color Cube Train
- Child Patterns
- What’s Missing
- Pattern Strips
- Pattern Fixer with Beads
- Making Patterns with Beads
- Make a Longer Pattern
- Let’s Make a Pattern
- Keep Swimming
- Fill in the Pattern on the Snake

__Learning Trajectory__ – Spatial Visualization

__Level__– Simple Slider

__Activities__

- Fixing Elevators

__Learning Trajectory__ – Spatial Visualization

__Level__– Simple Turner

__Activities__

- Pattern Block Puzzles
- Picture It, then Turn, Turn, Turn
- Putting the Pieces Together

**Age 4**

Children at this age may show wide variation in skills. While some merely recite numbers, others are corresponding their recitation of numeral names to objects. Those further along the developmental progression accurately count items and some can even produce a number of items when asked for a specific amount. These activities are specifically geared to help children with Counting skills.

__Learning Trajectory__ - Counting

__Level__– Corresponder

__Activities__

- Shake Them Up
- Counting Wand
- Simon Says
- Scoops for Everyone
- Ding Clink Bam
- Rhythmic Counting

__Learning Trajectory__ – Counting

__Level__– Counter (Small Numbers)

__Activities__

- Mix Up
- Five Little Finters
- Animal Spots
- How Many in a Hand
- Little Birds
- How Many Do I Have (to 5)
- Counting Cookie Chips to 5
- Help the Turtle Get Home (Computer Activity)
- Shopkeeper Sort and Label to 5

__Learning Trajectory__ - Counting

__Level__– Counter (10)

__Activities__

- Memory Match to 10
- Knock it Down (to 10)
- Beanbag Counting
- What’s Hiding (to 10)
- Mix Up
- Counting Jar
- Mystery Boxes
- How Many Do I Have (to 10)?
- Concentration (Computer Activity)
- AND MORE!!!

__Learning Trajectory__ - Counting

__Level__– Producer (Small Numbers)

__Activities__

- Number Path Race
- Fill the Egg Cartons
- Get Just Enough (Sets to 5)
- Number Moves
- Help the Turtle (Computer Activity)
- Shopkeeper Fill Orders to 5

**Age 5 / Kindergarten**

As part of getting to know our website, you might notice that these skills that we often think of as traditionally done with paper and pencil can be strengthened through play in the early years. These early experiences provide conceptual understanding of what children may do on paper and pencil much later. Addition can also be thought of putting things together or joining sets by counting forward, while subtraction can be thought of as separating sets or counting backward.

__Learning Trajectory__ – Adding and Subtracting

__Level__– Find Result

__Activities__

- How Many More? Game
- Big Fish Story
- Find a Sum
- Fruit Fun
- Number Cube Equations – Introductions
- How Many Toys?
- Number Cubes Equations - Extensions

__Learning Trajectory__ – Adding and Subtracting

__Level__– Make it N

__Activities__

- Make it Right (Make it N)
- Mystery Change Game

__Learning Trajectory__ - Adding and Subtracting

__Level__– Find Change

__Activities__

- Addition Easel
- Salute!

__Learning Trajectory__ - Adding and Subtracting

__Level__– Counting Strategies +/-

__Activities__

- How Many Now? – Sneaky Swiper
- More Toppings
- How Many Now? Hidden Version
- Dot to Dot!
- Chip Stack

**Grade 1 **

__Learning Trajectory__ – Multiplying and Dividing

__Level__– Concrete Modeler

__Activities__

- Buying Candy Bars

__Learning Trajectory__ – Multiplying and Dividing

__Level__– Parts and Whole × / ÷

__Activities__

- Buying Candy Bars (extension)

__Learning Trajectory__ – Multiplying and Dividing

__Level__– Skip Counter × / ÷

__Activities__

3. Skip Counting with Cubes

**Grade 2 **

__Learning Trajectory__ – Multiplying and Dividing

__Level__– Skip Counter × / ÷

__Activities__

- Skip Counting with Cubes

__Learning Trajectory__ – Counting

__Level__– Deriver × / ÷

__Activities__

- Multiplication Relation
- Tiling Tetrominoes

**Grade 3 **

__Learning Trajectory__ – Multiplying and Dividing

__Level__ – Partitive Divisor

__Activities__

- Make Equal Groups

__Learning Trajectory__ – Multiplying and Dividing

__Level__– Multidigit × / ÷

__Activities__

- Spider Legs