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ERIC Number: EJ1003091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
How Learning Math Skills "Fits" with Emergent Curriculum
Brandon, Heather
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n208 p28-30 Nov-Dec 2012
As an experienced educator of some 25 years, the author can appreciate the flexibility that emergent curriculum affords. The author has been able to integrate her background in fine art and love for storytelling easily into her day-to-day work. But sometimes projects take off in unexpected directions and when an exploration of boxes evolved into an intense interest in mathematical concepts and measurement, she was way out of her comfort zone. The author slowly introduced a variety of measurement tools. As exciting as this whole process was for her as an educator, the most interesting part has to be what happened after the children were finally satisfied that they had succeeded in measuring something so big. And, in the end, the author discovered that for educators what was most important was that, rather than trying to teach math and measurement skills, they had encouraged the children to learn them naturally through processes and within a context that were meaningful and relevant to them. The outcome was the same, but getting there was so much more fulfilling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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