Do you wonder what your preschooler should work on before going to kindergarten? This post is part of a series on how to successfully teach your preschooler at home. Today we’re talking about math concepts.
Here’s what your preschooler should work on in math before kindergarten:
Patterns and Relationships:
- Sorts by color, shape, and size
- Orders several objects based on one attribute
- Recognizes simple patterns and can duplicate them
A very easy way to teach sorting is with using apples. Check out this post on sorting and graphing apples.
- Counts to 20
- Counts objects with meaning to 10 (one-to-one correspondence)
- Matches numerals
- Identifies by naming numerals 0-10
A great activity to help with identifying and ordering numbers is this balloon activity.
Using magnetic pom-poms practice one-to-one correspondence is easy and fun for little ones. This post includes a free PDF for you to use.
- Identifies 4 shapes: circle, square, triangle, and rectagle
- Demonstrates concepts of directional concepts (up/down, right/left, high/low, over/under, in/out, behind/in, beside/between, front of, above/below, inside/outside, far/near)
This activity we did earlier this week focuses on learning three simple shapes.
Tommy the Triangle is also a fun activity!
- Shows understanding of and uses comparative words (big/little, large/small, short/long, tall/short, slow/fast, few/many, empty/full, less/more)
We haven’t done any lessons on measurement yet, but I’m sure I’ll incorporate it into our activities.
Do you have any ideas on teaching math to preschoolers?