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Mathematics Methods for Early Childhood

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Janet Stramel, Fort Hays State University

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: Fort Hays State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Tsitsi Nyabando, Assistant Professor, Eastern New Mexico University on 6/1/22

The text covers appropriate math instruction for the early childhood period. It provides a good discussion of the importance of fostering emergent mathematics and developmentally appropriate ways to help young children develop foundational math... read more

Reviewed by Stephanie Daniel, Associate Professor, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on 3/29/22

Overall, this textbook is arranged in a logical order and include relevant math topics appropriate for early childhood learning. There is a table of contents and glossary which is very helpful when searching for specific topics. read more

Reviewed by Dawn Hendricks, Instructor, Clackamas Community College on 2/23/22

"The chapters cover the components of mathematics for young children. There is no index included. There is a glossary. There is ample information about the math standards. However, there are not many hands-on ideas or strategies of how... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Importance of Early Childhood Mathematics
  • 2. Mathematics Milestones
  • 3. Mathematics in Preschool
  • 4. Mathematics Standards
  • 5. Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving
  • 6. Early Number Concepts and Number Sense
  • 7. Whole Number Place Value
  • 8. Whole Number Computation
  • 9. Early Fraction Concepts
  • 10. Geometry and Measurement
  • 11. Algebraic Thinking
  • 12. Data and Data Analysis
  • 13. Glossary

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  • About the Book

    Welcome to Early Childhood Mathematics! This course satisfies the Early Childhood Unified requirements in the state of Kansas for a teaching license Birth to Grade 3.

    Most people agree that early childhood includes the period from infancy until eight years of age, characterized by rapid and complex growth in physical, cognitive, and social domains. Math skills must be taught in early childhood. Children should be provided a foundation to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Teachers should focus lessons in early childhood around the basic skills that will help to advance future mathematics. From preschool to the end of elementary school, children are setting the foundation for future life skills.

    Learning mathematics is “a ‘natural’ and developmentally appropriate activity for young children” (Ginsberg, Lee, and Boyd, 2008). Through their everyday interactions with the world, many children develop informal concepts about space, quantity, size, patterns, and operations. Unfortunately, not all children have the same opportunities to build these informal and foundational concepts of mathematics in their day-to-day lives (Sherman-LeVos, 2010).

    Young children are naturally curious, and the best time to begin mathematics is at a time while the young child’s brain is rapidly developing. Mathematics in early childhood helps children develop critical thinking and reasoning skills early on and it’s the key to the foundation for success in their formal schooling years.

     

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    Janet Stramel, Fort Hays State University

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