**ERIC Number:**ED191723

**Record Type:**RIE

**Publication Date:**1980

**Pages:**16

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A Preschool Program for Preventing Learning Difficulties in Arithmetic.

Dunlap, William P.

Described are many concrete readiness activities within ten broad categories that are designed to provide children with a solid foundation for mathematics and that help prevent learning difficulties in mathematics. Preschool mathematical experiences form the foundation for all studies in mathematics. Without a sufficient number of appropriate mathematical experiences at this early stage in a child's development, he/she will encounter needless learning difficulties in the future. Five major criteria are listed in the form of questions for selecting math activities; (1) Are the activities appropriate for each child's developmental level; (2) Will each child enjoy the activities and consider them fun; (3) Will each child successfully complete the activities; (4) Are the activities on a concrete level involving manipulative aids and/or diagrams and (5) Are the activities relevant to the child's environment? The mathematical experiences are divided into the following categories: patterns, sequences, classification (sets), one-to-one correspondence, conservation, numberness, matching, counting, shapes, and vocabulary. (MP)

Descriptors: Classification, Cognitive Development, Conservation (Concept), Discovery Learning, Experiential Learning, Games, Geometric Concepts, Learning Activities, Manipulative Materials, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Vocabulary, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Materials, Number Concepts, Preschool Education, Student Motivation

**Publication Type:**Guides - Classroom - Teacher

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**Language:**English

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**Identifiers:**Estimation; Sequences (Mathematics)