Teaching Preschool Math Using Manipulatives

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Teaching Preschool Math Using Manipulatives 

3 hours / .3 CEU

Tuition: $31.50

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0113

CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [3 hours / .3 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Curriculum Development [3 hours]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]

 > Early Care & Education Professionals [3 hours]

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]


Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 3 Hours

Amount: $31.50

Session Level: 2

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the trainer/instructor: The student is encouraged to contact the trainer and other student support staff by email, Live Chat, phone for support and resources. Student support hours are 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week. Student forum and assignments provide the student with opportunities to share experiences, to engage with the trainer and other students, and to reflect on what they have learned. 

Audiences the training applies to: 

  • Family, Friend & Neighbor
  • Child Care Center
  • Head Start
  • Military
  • Tribal Nations
  • Family Home Child Care
  • Parents/Relatives

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Pre-Kindergarten Children
  • Preschool Age Children

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session: 

This course provides early childhood teachers valuable information regarding math instruction in a preschool environment. The course discusses cognitive development in young children, ways in which children learn, and the use of manipulatives to support emergent math skills. It describes the role of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in preschool math education and identifies focal points and focal point connections important in early math education. Considerations and strategies for using manipulatives in the classroom are presented and math activities that use manipulatives are detailed. A discussion of preschool assessment considerations and techniques is also included.

Learning Objectives: 

  • IDENTIFY Piaget’s stages of cognitive development in preschool children
  • RECALL the role of manipulatives in emergent math skills
  • RECALL the three stages children learn math concepts
  • RECALL the role of technology in emergent math skills
  • RECALL National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) preschool focal points/content standards
  • IDENTIFY skills associated with NCTM’s preschool focal points/content standards
  • RECALL considerations and strategies for using manipulatives in the classroom
  • IDENTIFY math manipulative activities that support NCTM focal points/content standards and process standards
  • RECALL assessment considerations in a preschool environment  
  • RECALL appropriate assessment techniques in a preschool environment


  • Introduction
  • How Children Learn  
  • NCTM and Mathematical Standards
  • Manipulatives in the Classroom
  • Math Activities Using Manipulatives
  • Assessment
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test


This is a self-paced course that and can be saved and resumed during any point. Assessment question and answer sessions during the course monitor the students’ progress, and support the student’s progression, and learning objectives. There is a test at the end of each course. The questions on the test are completely based on the materials covered in the specific course. The student must get 70% or better to pass the test. If 70% is not achieved, then the training system automatically takes the student back through the course to review the materials that were missed on the test. The student is then returned to the test to try again for a second attempt if needed. 


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  • 5
    Good Training

    Posted by Terri on 22nd Feb 2014

    The quizes after each topic helped reinforce my learning as well as the summary at the end. The introductory questions helped pique my curiosity. The content for the quiz questions were reinforced with the visual pictures of relevant activities related to each topic.