Meet our blogger of the month

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.

Posts by Leslie Layman, M.S.

Confessions of a Math-Phobic Educator

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 […]

Found Items for the Science Area are Rich With Mathematical Possibility

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 […]

Portable Outdoor Math Kit

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 […]