(Unit 2) Topic 5: Math for Young Children
2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Math Friendly Environment
Math concepts are all around us, but that doesn’t mean that we should take this for granted.
Topic 5 Page 10
The math center is the prime area for number practice, color exploration, pattern making, and comparing items. It is helpful to have an area of the classroom that is devoted to math items that children can access independently. Often, this is the most difficult part of designing a math center. One of the best benefits of including a math center area is that it allows children to learn math in a developmentally appropriate manner.
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Another important aspect of a math friendly early childhood program is in the way teachers interact with math concepts. A teacher who asks guiding questions as opposed to yes or no questions will likely encourage further math exploration and enjoyment from their students. Teachers who encourage playing with math friendly materials will also find that their students will be more willing to explore mathematical concepts. According to Arthur Baroody, Professor at the University of Illinois for NAEYC “The best way to teach preschool children (or students of any age) is in a purposeful manner—in a context that has a purpose to the child."
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