All preschool and elementary teachers know that knowing your numbers is mathematics. Only a few, however, will spot the beginnings of algebraic thinking and sophisticated reasoning based on size relationship, small to medium, medium to large. Such reasoning underlies all of mathematics and much of language, science and more.
The relationship between math learning and general language skills is well established. However math-specific language skills in young children and the gap in knowledge about what children know and how to best assess their math skills continues to be a struggle for researchers. Fortunately, The Erikson Institute (www.erikson.edu) leads the way in bringing researchers together to share as well as providing the best math training for early childhood educators. Here is what is available--
Erikson Institute founded the Early Mathematics Education Project, to develop teachers who know how to recognize foundational mathematical thinking, even in scribbles and build upon it. Their program allows teachers to learn foundational math and high impact strategies for teaching early math. Teachers analyze and enact 'big ideas' in mathematics and develop research lessons. They integrate childrens books with those Big Ideas. they discuss developmental issues. Finally, by reviewing and studying their own teaching practice, teachers can modify and extend lessons to better meet childrens needs. For more information on this project, call 312.755.2250.
This October, Erikson Insitute hosted the first math conference for educators and researchers to build coherence in math education across the birth to 3rd grade span in the United States, Promising Math: A Conference Linking Research & Practice. If you viewed our Early Childhood STEM page, you saw that many opportunities to learn high quality mathematics, was offered. Dr. Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis and Dr. Barbara Sarnecka, were just a few of the featured speakers. http://earlymath.erikson.edu/promising-math-2017/promising-math-2017-program/
Readiness Learning is committed to Math Excellence and hope you will participate in one or more of Erikson Institute math endeavors.