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.

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.

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

  1. Playing with Stuffed Animals
  2. Ring Stacker
  3. Number Cylinders

Learning Trajectory - Spatial Orientation

Activities

  1. Playing in a Padded Area
  2. Shape and Spatial Talk
  3. Going for a Walk

Learning Trajectory - Volume

Activities

  1. Water Table
  2. Fill and Spill
  3. Measurement at Home

Learning Trajectory - Volume

Activities

  1. Will I Fit? Box Play
  2. 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

Activities

  1. Number Talk
  2. Number Peekaboo
  3. Numbers at Home

Learning Trajectory – Subitizing

Activities

  1. Naming Numbers
  2. Numbers on Me

Learning Trajectory - Subitizing

Activities

  1. Concentration
  2. Get the Number
  3. 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

Activities

  1. Get Just Enough (One-to-One)
  2. One-to-One Puzzles

Learning Trajectory – Comparing Number

Activities

  1. Get Just Enough (Match)
  2. Setting the Table

Learning Trajectory - Comparing Number

Activities

  1. Which Has More?
  2. 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

Activities

  1. Weaving Patterns
  2. Movement Patterns
  3. Clothes Patterns
  4. Patterns in the Environment
  5. Pattern Beat
  6. Math Hopscotch
  7. Let’s Talk about Patterns
  8. I See A Pattern

Learning Trajectory – Patterning

Activities

  1. Color Patterns
  2. Color Cube Train
  3. Child Patterns
  4. What’s Missing
  5. Pattern Strips
  6. Pattern Fixer with Beads
  7. Making Patterns with Beads
  8. Make a Longer Pattern
  9. Let’s Make a Pattern
  10. Keep Swimming
  11. Fill in the Pattern on the Snake

Learning Trajectory – Spatial Visualization

Activities

  1. Fixing Elevators

Learning Trajectory – Spatial Visualization

Activities

  1. Pattern Block Puzzles
  2. Picture It, then Turn, Turn, Turn
  3. 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

Activities

  1. Shake Them Up
  2. Counting Wand
  3. Simon Says
  4. Scoops for Everyone
  5. Ding Clink Bam
  6. Rhythmic Counting

Learning Trajectory – Counting

Activities

  1. Mix Up
  2. Five Little Finters
  3. Animal Spots
  4. How Many in a Hand
  5. Little Birds
  6. How Many Do I Have (to 5)
  7. Counting Cookie Chips to 5
  8. Help the Turtle Get Home (Computer Activity)
  9. Shopkeeper Sort and Label to 5

Learning Trajectory - Counting

Activities

  1. Memory Match to 10
  2. Knock it Down (to 10)
  3. Beanbag Counting
  4. What’s Hiding (to 10)
  5. Mix Up
  6. Counting Jar
  7. Mystery Boxes
  8. How Many Do I Have (to 10)?
  9. Concentration (Computer Activity)
  10. AND MORE!!!

Learning Trajectory - Counting

Activities

  1. Number Path Race
  2. Fill the Egg Cartons
  3. Get Just Enough (Sets to 5)
  4. Number Moves
  5. Help the Turtle (Computer Activity)
  6. 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

Activities

  1. How Many More? Game
  2. Big Fish Story
  3. Find a Sum
  4. Fruit Fun
  5. Number Cube Equations – Introductions
  6. How Many Toys?
  7. Number Cubes Equations - Extensions

Learning Trajectory – Adding and Subtracting

Activities

  1. Make it Right (Make it N)
  2. Mystery Change Game

Learning Trajectory - Adding and Subtracting

Activities

  1. Addition Easel
  2. Salute!

Learning Trajectory - Adding and Subtracting

Activities

  1. How Many Now? – Sneaky Swiper
  2. More Toppings
  3. How Many Now? Hidden Version
  4. Dot to Dot!
  5. Chip Stack

Grade 1  

Learning Trajectory – Multiplying and Dividing

Activities

  1. Buying Candy Bars

Learning Trajectory – Multiplying and Dividing

Activities

  1. Buying Candy Bars (extension)

Learning Trajectory – Multiplying and Dividing

Activities

     3.  Skip Counting with Cubes

Grade 2  

Learning Trajectory – Multiplying and Dividing

Activities

  1. Skip Counting with Cubes

Learning Trajectory – Counting

Activities

  1. Multiplication Relation
  2. Tiling Tetrominoes

Grade 3  

Learning Trajectory – Multiplying and Dividing

Level Partitive Divisor

Activities

  1. Make Equal Groups

Learning Trajectory – Multiplying and Dividing

Activities

  1. Spider Legs

 

 

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