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Deanna Pecaski McLennan
Deanna Pecaski McLennan, Ph.D., is a passionate full-day kindergarten educator, researcher and writer from Southern Ontario, Canada who has spent over twenty years working with young children. Deanna has authored more than thirty articles for number early childhood education journals. She has devoted her research and practice to exploring the potential for rich mathematics learning through playful inquiry and exploration. Integrating math into the arts and outdoor learning is a favourite activity!
Deanna is also a mom to three children and knows firsthand the important of supporting and improving their confidence, fluency and accuracy in mathematics. Deanna has spent the last several years transforming her classroom into a safe and supportive space where children can take risks without the use of rigid programming, rote practice, or worksheets. Deanna believes that educators benefit from sharing their journeys with one another and actively uses reflective writing, technology and social media to connect with others from around the world. She sees herself a life-long learner and spends her free time reading, exercising and playing with her dog Harlow.
If you’ve ever wished that learning math could be more joyful and playful for young learners, you're not alone. In Joyful Math: Invitations to Play and Explore in the Early Childhood Classroom, kindergarten teacher Deanna Pecaski McLennan opens her classroom doors to share the practical, yet innovative ways she integrates mathematical play throughout the school day. Each chapter of this easy-to-navigate, photo-filled book focuses on specific strategies, activities and examples of mathematical play within literacy, art, and outdoor explorations.
Inside Joyful Mathyou’ll find:
A photo guide, including suggested tools and materials, to setting up a classroom environment and space that fosters mathematical curiosity and joy
Dozens of open-ended and teacher-guided mathematical activities that are simple to set up and full of mathematical possibility
Practical tips for including mathematical play across the day
Suggestions and examples of ways to document and share children’s learning experiences with families and communities
Joyful Math will inspire educators to make space for joy and play in early childhood mathematics and give them the tools to make this vision a reality.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion