ERIC Number: ED431527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
The Integration of Whole Language and Mathematical Concepts.
This paper examines whole language and mathematical concepts implemented to incorporate reading, writing and oral-language concepts into mathematical lessons in early childhood education. After discussing the theoretical background and anecdotal observations of the use of whole language to improve math skills, the paper describes a mini study in which whole language was used in kindergarten math lessons. One class used whole-language concepts while the other class did not. Observations showed that when literature was integrated into math lessons, the children became more active learners and the teacher did not need to constantly refocus and motivate them. By being allowed to discuss and relate the concepts to their own lives, the children were able to grasp and retain new information and incorporate it into existing schemas. The experimental group was far happier and gained more language and math vocabulary than the control group. Contains 14 references. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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