Each month, we feature a different guest blogger with valuable insights and information to share about young children and math.
Check back weekly throughout the year so you don’t miss a single guest blog—and join in the conversation by asking questions or leaving comments at the end of each post. We’re excited about this new chapter in the Math at Home project—and we hope you are too!
About our guest blogger Leslie Layman, M.S.
Leslie Layman, M.S., is currently the Child Development Lab coordinator for Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. In this role, she teaches child development courses; creates, maintains and supervises the college’s Child Development Lab spaces, resources and materials; and collaborates with faculty and students to create unique learning experiences in the early childhood education laboratory spaces at the college. She also facilitates partnerships with community agencies to promote the development of innovative early childhood programming throughout Chicago’s communities. A motivated and energetic educator, Layman has worked in respite, child care, in-home, therapeutic day school and clinical settings to help people of all ages and abilities achieve their full potential and lead rich, ful lling lives. Prior to her tenure at Truman College, Layman supervised and trained volunteers on Leslie Layman best practices for assisting passengers with special needs as a social service supervisor for Travelers Aid Chicago and served as an educator and program assistant for Giant Steps, a therapeutic day school in Lisle for children with autism spectrum disorders. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of science degree in child development, with a focus on children with special needs, from the Erikson Institute in Chicago. She has a special interest in equity and inclusion in early childhood education and is passionate about all things related to play.
posted by Leslie Layman It’s probably not a great start for my first Math at Home Blog entry to tell you all that used to dislike math. Like, really dislike it. I can still feel tears of frustration welling up while my face got hot when I couldn’t finish all the questions on a math […]
by Camille Harrison When it comes to communicating with families about STEAM a picture is worth more than a thousand words. I can’t begin to tell you how many times a parent has emailed me or reached out asking questions like “my daughter mentioned something about building a city on an iPad” or “my son […]
by Camille Harrison The essence of STEAM-based learning is integration. While I knew there were certain skills I wanted to teach students the content to teach those skills was wide open. I can still clearly remember the overwhelming feeling I had my first year teaching STEAM — so many options, what to cover. That first […]
by Camille Harrison It all started with a question. Our science teacher was discussing her unit on buoyancy. She wanted some help figuring out what other materials students could use to build small boats that would float in small kiddie pools in her classroom. She also just happened to witness a cardboard boat regatta in […]
post by Camille Harrison When I first jumped into a new role at my school as STEAM Integrator and Materials Librarian, the maker movement was in full swing. Makers are those who make, create, adapt and try to innovate in a variety of ways not limited to the more showy tech marvels so often highlighted […]
I started thinking about the intersections between the Science or Discovery Center and Math opportunities in the classroom when I taught Math and Science for the Young Child. I found it interesting that many of the textbooks we reviewed to be used for the course, separated much of the content between science learning and math […]
Did you know you can get a piece of peg board (2 ft X 4 ft) from a home improvement store for less than $10.00? I did a little research and discovered that peg boards come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and are made from a variety of materials. They are all pretty […]
I know, I know. You already have to take a “Safety” backpack outside with you every time you go out with the children, but this idea for an “Outdoor Math Kit” that goes out with you as well is worth the time and effort. In order to seize the “teachable moment” we need to be […]
I have been jotting ideas for blog posts whenever they come to me ever since I stopped writing regularly for Math at Home last year. My list isn’t that long but I can’t seem to break the habit. I get especially excited when I can take a couple of pictures to go along with the […]
posted by Thanh Shanahan I am a mom who likes to be on the go! Staying home only happens if it’s absolutely freezing or pouring rain, or if someone is contagious. One of our favorite places to visit is the zoo! There are a few “luxuries” that are not included in our membership. However, it […]
posted by Thanh Shanahan I am a creature of habit, I function better when things are in order. Some people might say I’m anal, but it is how I work. I was that way as a teacher and I am this way as a mom. And hopefully, I’m raising kids who also do well with […]