ERIC Number: ED493261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Supporting Mathematical Development in the Early Years
Open University Press
This book provides practical guidance for parents, teachers, and other early years workers who want to give children a good start in mathematical development. Showing how competent children are as mathematicians from an early age, the book offers an overview of young children's mathematical behaviour at home and in early years settings. This book explores the role of staff in observing, planning for and supporting children's learning by using a variety of strategies, and makes suggestions for promoting effective partnerships between the parents or principal carers and early years staff. The book also considers the importance of play and imagination to the development of abstract thought. This second edition is comprehensively updated throughout and includes new material on Special Educational Needs, the very early years, the role of play, the role of ICT, and examples of outdoor play. This book is organized into the following six chapters: (1) Mathematics at home and at school; (2) Successful learning: enjoying thinking mathematically; (3) A curriculum to promote mathematical thinking; (4) Implementing a curriculum for mathematical thinking; (5) Observing, planning and supporting mathematical thinking and learning; and (6) Parents and professional working together. This book ends with a conclusion.
Descriptors: Play, Thinking Skills, Young Children, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy, Child Development, Teacher Role, Student Needs, Planning, Mathematics Activities, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Curriculum, Parent Role
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers
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