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ERIC Number: EJ1143047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Nurturing Mathematical Thinkers from Birth: The Why, What, and How
Chen, Jie-Qi; Hynes-Berry, Mary; Abel, Barbara; Sims, Colleen; Ginet, Lisa
ZERO TO THREE, v37 n5 p23-26, 31-33 May 2017
In this article, the authors examine the mathematical thinking and experiences that are unique to infants, toddlers, and 2-year-olds. They identify the four precursor mathematical concepts of attribute, comparison, pattern, and change and explore them in terms of why it is so important to attend to them, what makes them inherently mathematical and developmental, and finally how the CAIR (Closely Attend and Intentionally Respond) principle can guide caregivers to promote young children's precursor mathematical understanding. The article reveals that mathematics education for infants and young children, when addressed thoughtfully and focused on understanding, is not an academic "pushing down," but rather a developmentally appropriate "building up" that prepares for later learning and contributes to their well-being.
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Language: English
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