123 Philadelphia - A Cool Counting Book
by Puck and illustrated by Kevin Sommers
There's no dialogue here. Just a book of "cool" Philadelphia things to count. There are many, many, many counting books similar to this one in format (take Olivia Counts for example), but it's just one we happen to have on our bookshelf. With my baby bookworm I use this book to reinforce the counting concepts of one-to-one correspondence (the notion that each item has it's own counting label), the cardinality rule (the name of last item we count represents the quantity of the entire set of items), and the flexible application rule (that no matter what objects we're looking at, whether it's Philly pretzels or colonial hats, we count them in the same way, using the same counting words).
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
by Mem Fox and illustrated Helen Oxenbury
I love, love this book. It shows how every baby, even though they are all born in different places, has 10 little fingers and 10 little toes. It's very fun to count our own fingers and our own toes together, and I often say things like: There are 5 fingers on this hand, and 5 fingers on this hand, they are the "same". Or, let's count all of our fingers and toes....and then we count to 20. With older kids it might be fun to try some addition here, or to count by 5's!
by Ellen Stoll Walsh
This is a cute book about two mice on a seesaw, and as some other friends come along they are either out of balance or balanced ("ta-da" as the books says). What I like to do with this book is talk about the concepts more, less, and the same. These words are not in the book, but you'll catch on once you read it. It's short and to the point, so a great book for babies and toddlers. You can also do a similar lesson with other books using concepts like bigger and smaller (might I suggest Curious George Bigger and Smaller).
Soft, Fluffy, Playful, Puppies
Yes, so here we are at geometry for babies. There are lots of things you can do to facilitate your child's spatial-temporal skills. Nesting blocks are great, as are shape sorters, and of course puzzles! Baby bookworm has this really cute book about puppies and the puppies come out as puzzle pieces. I'm sure there are other books with a similar idea. Be sure to give your baby bookworm time to try to solve the puzzle himself!
|Baby Bookworm's shape sorter|
|Baby bookworms nesting blocks|
Have fun! I hope you find some baby math of your own in your favorite books!