Developing Enthusastic Problem Solvers
August 18, 2011 by elisabeth

Math in Riley’s World

As I mentioned in my post on August 1, Why?, my viewpoint about mathematics education for young children has been shaped by the recommendations provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). I am a member of both of these organizations and read articles from their journals on a regular basis. Teaching Children Mathematics is one of the journals published by NCTM. This journal provides information about mathematics education for children in prekindergarten through sixth grade.

As usually, this month’s issue of Teaching Children Mathematics included many examples of exciting mathematical opportunities to help children explore various concepts and skills. One article that caught my attention related to my last post, Saving Up. In the article entitled, Math in Riley’s World, Karen Kritzer describes a variety of mathematical learning experiences that Riley’s parents provided for at home during her preschool years.

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August 16, 2011 by elisabeth

Saving Up

I get excited when parents of young children use every day experiences to help foster their children’s mathematical knowledge. I believe these learning opportunities help build a child’s interest in mathematics. These activities do not need to be complicated and you do not need to use special materials. Here is an example my friend blogged about recently.

My friend Pam has a website called PSquared=k where she blogs about parenting and her budding photography career. Earlier this month Pam wrote about a fun math activity that she started with her daughter Katheryn, an inquisitive 2 1/2 year old. To view Pam’s post visit Saving Up.

Noticing Katheryn’s increased interest in the loose change around the house, Pam decided to take advantage of this enthusiasm and introduce some simple information about money to Katheryn. Then to extend the activity, Pam made Katheryn a piggy bank (an empty jam jar) and told her daughter that she could put any coins she found in her bank. When the piggy bank is full, Pam and Katheryn will decide what to do with the money.

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August 10, 2011 by elisabeth

The Doorbell Rang

I just started reading Little Kids-Powerful Problem Solvers: Math Stories from a Kindergarten Classroom (2002) by Angela Giglio Andrews and Paul R. Trafton.

In this book, the authors describe ten different mathematical experiences that Andrews, a kindergarten teacher, developed for her students. These learning opportunities engaged the children in hands-on problem solving that encouraged them to grapple with a variety of mathematical skills and real world situations. I am very excited about this book and although I have not finished reading it, I would like to share one of the stories from this text. (I will provide a more thorough review of the material in a later post.)

In the third chapter of this book, Andrews and Trafton describe a mathematical experience the kindergartners completed after reading the book The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins.

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