Eugene Geist and David Whitin responded to a selection of questions and comments during an online event from September 10-14, 2012. Read the questions and their responses below!
Did you know that you can promote early math concepts when you sing a song with children? How about when you are reading a rhyming book? Do you observe children’s developing spatial awareness as they build in the block center? Do you support children’s classification skills by giving them small toys to sort by shape, size, or color?
Teachers promote young children’s math abilities every day. Everything, from the words you use when you speak to children to the tools and manipulatives you offer in centers, can help to build a strong foundation for mathematical concepts.
This forum is intended to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts, needs, and questions about exploring mathematics with young children.
- What do you enjoy most about exploring mathematics with young children?
- How does your program work with children to meet their specific interests and needs while exploring math concepts?
- How have you used ideas from Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Mathematics?
- What additional information and resources do you need to provide developmentally appropriate math exploration experiences that promote young children’s development?
We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you as well as learning about your work on behalf of young children and their families.
— Eugene Geist and David Whitin