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ERIC Number: EJ868166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Infants and Toddlers Exploring Mathematics
Geist, Eugene
Young Children, v64 n3 p39-42 May 2009
A good deal of research is beginning to support the idea of emergent mathematics and that, much as with reading, children begin to learn mathematics from the day they are born. Infants and toddlers begin to notice relationships as they interact with their parents or primary caregivers through songs, rocking, and other verbal and nonverbal communication. Later, they build on this foundation by beginning to classify, seriate (put objects in order based on number and size), compare, and order objects. This article offers some examples of what infants and toddlers might do, how these behaviors are related to mathematics, and what teachers can do to encourage the natural mathematical interests of this age group. (Contains 2 resources and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A