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Teach math vocabulary to kindergarten & preschool children

Learn how to teach math vocabulary as you and your students participate in math activities and games. Children learn the language of math just like they learn to talk about other topics.

Scheduling time for children to talk about their experiences after playing vocabulary building games allows them the opportunity to use new words.

Many children's picture books reinforce math vocabulary. Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh is a great example.

What math vocabulary do I teach to preschool and kindergarten students?


Keep in mind that the objective is to introduce math vocabulary to kindergarten and preschool children as they explore math ideas with concrete objects, not to make them memorize vocabulary.

Teach math vocabulary as naturally as you would introduce the names of different foods, animals or toys.

The more children hear math vocabulary used with everyday activities, the more they will begin to use it correctly.

Sorting - sort, classify, order, sequence, shortest to longest, biggest to smallest

Number and number operations - sets, groups, amount, how many, fewer than, more than, greater than, most, least, the same as, equal, different from, guess, estimate, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, one-half, one-quarter, one-third, first, last, pairs

Geometry - names of pattern blocks: hexagon, trapezoid, rhombus, square, triangle; circle, point, round, flat, curve, line, corner, edge, face, angle, symmetry, cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, oval, straight, diamond, direction

Measurement - measure, taller than, shorter than, wider than, narrower than, length, volume, weight, area, time, hour, minute, second, Celsius or Fahrenheit, degree, centimeter, meter, inches, feet, yards (choose depending on location), distance, increase, decrease, heavier, lighter

Data Analysis- graph, tally, data, bar graph, pie graph, grid, grid paper, more than, fewer than, always, sometimes, never, compare

Calendar - day, yesterday, tomorrow, week, month, year, date, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer, seasons, day, night, morning, afternoon, before, after

Money - penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar, etc. (according to country currency), cash, bank, save

Position words - near, far, beside, between, inside, outside, above, below, in front, behind, over, under, top, bottom, left, right, closer, further

Teach math vocabulary with everyday things

Whether setting the table, lining up for recess, reading the calendar, displaying collections on the science table, or putting up bulletin board displays there will be opportunities to teach math vocabulary to your kindergarten and preschool students.

Also educational learning materials and supplies provide great opportunities to teach math vocabulary.

How to teach math pages:

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