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Preschool Math with Counting Bears {Free Printable!}

I hope you and your family can use this Counting Bears Printable in your home.  Math manipulatives are a valuable learning tool for children of preschool age on up through elementary and middle school!

Preschool Math with Counting Bears {free printable!} from Hip Homeschool Moms

Number sense is a vital skill for young children to learn.  They learn mathematics through counting, taking away, adding, and counting again.   Touching objects with their hands helps them to connect the number they are counting with the amount of objects that they feel and see. Beginning work with math manipulatives such as counters, Legos, or counting bears will help a child develop number sense.  Correlating objects with counting is a great start to math work in the home or preschool.  This shows an understanding of place value while using manipulatives before written computations are even introduced. Asking probing questions can help a child learn during play as well: “Can you show me 5 bears?” “How do you know that is 8 bears?” “Could you count it and show me?” “Tell me about what you’re building.” How else can I use counting bears?

  • Create patterns: ABAB, AABB, AABAAB, ABC.
  • Separate by colors in buckets or on paper.
  • Put them in water and have your child fish them out with a net or other tool.
  • Add them to your play dough sensory time.

What other math manipulatives are useful at home?



Children learn by doing!  Simple as that.  So I hope this Counting Bear Free Printable will be helpful to you and your family!  All you need to do is print them out — tape the 6-10 number pages together — and begin playing and learning together! Preschool Math with Counting Bears {free printable!} from Hip Homeschool MomsYou can download the Counting Bear Printables here.   Need more ideas for teaching mathematics at home? Check out Fun with Preschool Math and my Mathematics Pinterest Board!  And see how babies can use counting bears to learn about important concepts like volume and colors! What is your favorite way to teach children math?  Do you use math manipulatives at home for learning?

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Amy

Amy is a kindergarten teacher, M.Ed., turned stay at home mom to her boy and girl. She loves to watch her children learn through play during their preschool years, and is particularly interested in Classical & Montessori styled education. Amy blogs about homeschooling, natural living, honesty, and Jesus, among other passions. She enjoys cooking, gardening, photography, and serving as a Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserve. She hopes she can be a resource and encouragement to other moms.

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