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ERIC Number: ED415985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Matematica Natural.
Lozano, Patricia; Medearis, Linda
Matematica Natural (Natural Mathematics) is a mathematics curriculum for young children based on the assumption that they learn mathematics through concrete, real life, relevant experiences and that educational differences rather than cultural differences influence math achievement. The curriculum uses hands-on materials and activities to teach mathematics, incorporating parental involvement and learning based on prior experiences. This report describes the Natural Mathematics curriculum and provides examples of early childhood mathematics activities that are culturally and environmentally relevant. Sample activities incorporate: the Hispanic Easter tradition of breaking "cascarones" to learn shapes and measurement; using dance to learn patterns; using yarn activities to teach measurement, counting, and problem-solving; and using books about animals indigenous to the region to integrate Matematica Natural, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards, and literacy activities. The report also discusses the decline in mathematics achievement among Texas-Mexico border schools, the limited mathematics experiences in early childhood education, the need for mathematics concept development prior to school entry, and how home and preschool activities can provide young children with problem-solving opportunities. The paper concludes with a list of books about or for Hispanic children. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A