Home / Educators / Professional Development (3 - 5 YEARS) / Engaging Children in Math

- Introduction
- Integrate Math into Daily Activities
- Use the Language of Math
- Assess What Children Understand
- Try It
- Wrap Up
- Standards

**assessment:**an accounting of what learners know using objective evidence. Informal assessment is ongoing as adults monitor young children’s learning each day**math concepts:**early ideas about numbers, counting, shapes, measurement, time, greater than, less than, money**math language:**commonly used math vocabulary, such as more, less, how many in all, fewer, add, take away, number, triangle, square, and circle**open-ended questions:**questions that require critical thinking, invite opinion or explanation, and result in more than a one-word answer

### Try It

It’s time to practice what you’ve learned. In this activity, you’ll apply the strategies and techniques you’ve learned to your program’s learning environment.

**Math All Around**

Strategize how to integrate math into various learning centers. Download and print **Math All Around (PDF)**.

- Make a list of the learning centers in your environment.
- Think of a math activity that can be planned for each center.
- List three ideas for math vocabulary that might be developed in each center.
- List the math goals and objectives for each activity.
- List the strategies you will use to meet the needs of children who need extra help.
- Suggest ways the activities can be tailored for children with accelerated math understandings.