Teaching Math to Young Children

The What Works Clearinghouse, an initiative of the Institute of Education Sciences at the United States Department of Education hosts a large amount of resources for teachers.  All of it is research based and proven to be effective.  Today, I want to share just one small part: What Works in Math.

There are multiple resources for teachers of young children to help them develop students’ math skills.  In particular, the Teaching Math to Young Children, Educator’s Practice Guide is especially good.  The 165-page guide includes five recommendations, and each recommendation comes with supporting research and many activities to implement the recommendations in the classroom.  For example, Recommendation 2: Teach geometry, patterns, measurement, and data analysis using a developmental progression, includes this activity:

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As with this example, all activities include suggestions for monitoring children’s progress and tailoring the activity, increasing math talk in the classroom, and integrating the activity into other parts of the day.

Take a look at this and the many other resources available for early childhood teachers.

Possible GELDS Connections
The resources at the WWC easily connect to many of the standards in the Cognitive Development domain, especially those in math and cognitive processes sub-domains.


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