One of the partners of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is Bedtime Math. Bedtime Math encourages making math as integral to your child’s bedtime routine as a bedtime story. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests mixing math into bedtime reading as one of 5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child’s Day. Along those lines, why not make math a part of your story times in the library as well?
While math is a subject that makes many people panic, math for pre-schoolers is not something you need to fear. In a post titled “Everyday Math Play in Pre-School,” Deborah Stewart says that “As adults, we can tend to over-think how to go about teaching math to young children but promoting mathematical thinking and basic math concepts can come through all kinds of simple hands-on activities.” She goes on to share simple math activities that can be incorporated into story time.
In order to help you brainstorm math activities for young children, I’ve rounded up some resources for you. Perhaps you’ll recognize that you already do many of these activities during story times!
- STEM in Storytime – This post shares several rhymes you can use to introduce math and science concepts into story time.
- Math at Play – A multimedia resource that offers games, tips and activities for math play, and also lets you explore by age.
- Zero to Three – Nurture early development with resources for developing early math skills. There are also other great resources on play and school readiness as well.
- PBS – Story times are for pre-schoolers in most North Dakota libraries, but PBS has math activities for babies & toddlers, as well as pre-schoolers & kindergarteners.
- Toddler Approved – This post includes 75 math activities.
- NAEYC – Mentioned previously, NAEYC has resources on how you can support math readiness through music, with household objects, and by talking about basic math concepts.
- Scholastic – This post covers several concepts of math play and explores them with examples.
How do you integrate math concepts into story time? Share your suggestions in the comments!