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Early Childhood Mathematics Instruction - Chapter Summary
This chapter offers an overview of early childhood math instruction concepts. Inside the chapter, you'll find a series of short and simple lessons that break down topics like math fluency and mathematical development in young students. You'll also explore a variety of early childhood math teaching strategies. The chapter will show you how to:
- Trace the development of mathematics knowledge in children
- Select developmentally appropriate instruction for math
- Explain the components of math fluency
- Promote scientific problem solving and logical reasoning in students
- Teach/assess number recognition
- Apply elementary math, problem solving, experimental math and basic geometry teaching strategies
- Teach students about numeration, number sense and standard/nonstandard measurement units
When you're finished with each lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand the material. Your course dashboard will keep track of your progress throughout the chapter. Our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have, and you can access the lessons/quizzes at any time using your computer or mobile device.
1. Mathematical Development in Children
Read this lesson, and you'll be surprised at how quickly little children learn about math and how it applies to their little world. You'll learn what to look for at each age.
2. Developmentally Appropriate Math Instruction
In this lesson, we will learn developmentally appropriate ways to incorporate math instruction into your classroom. We will learn what it means to be developmentally appropriate, and then provide some effective learning strategies to make this possible in early childhood learning.
3. Teaching Strategies for Elementary Math
This lesson discusses educational strategies for teaching math at the elementary level. Included are strategies such as cooperative learning, direct instruction, and peer tutoring. All of which can be used by educators to support math instruction.
4. Experiential Teaching Strategies for Math Concepts
Learning while doing helps students internalize what they are learning. Experiential methods for math instruction are methods that allow students to experience, or do, while they learn. This lesson covers ideas for how to incorporate experiential learning in your classroom.
5. What Is Math Fluency? - Definition & Components
After reading this lesson, you will understand what it means to be math fluent. Learn that it's not just about memorization, but about understanding, and smoothly and quickly applying math concepts.
6. Instructional Strategies for Teaching Problem Solving
Are you looking for strategies designed to teach problem solving and boost student achievement? This lesson offers effective and versatile ideas for teaching problem solving that may be used in almost any K-12 context. Specific examples are provided.
7. Promoting Logical Reasoning & Scientific Problem Solving in Students
Logical reasoning is a practical skill students need to learn in order to be successful in math and science courses. In this lesson, we will look at the challenges to teaching logical reasoning. Additionally, we will look at teaching logic in the context of science.
8. Teaching & Assessing Number Recognition
Children need visual and tactile experiences with numbers in order to recognize them. Recognizing numbers in the environment, visual discrimination, developing one to one correspondence, and subitizing will be addressed in this lesson.
9. Teaching Numeration & Number Sense to Children
Number sense relies on background knowledge that is built up over time. Learn more about how to build a connection between numeration and number sense when teaching children at the elementary level.
10. Teaching Strategies for Basic Geometry
Geometry is an area of mathematics that lends itself well to visual and kinesthetic activities. In this lesson, we will discuss strategies and techniques for teaching basic geometry.
11. Teaching Standard & Nonstandard Units of Measurement
In this lesson, we will learn how measuring with nonstandard units can prepare students to understand conversions once they begin using standard units of measure.
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- External Factors in Childhood Development
- Developmental Theories of Learning
- Federal & State Laws on Education
- Early Childhood Education Professional Organizations & Trends
- Planning & Facilitating Early Learning
- Developmentally Appropriate Practices & the Classroom
- Student Guidance & Behavioral Management
- Using Assessment & Evaluation in Teaching
- Utilizing Technology in the Classroom
- Family & Community Involvement in Early Education
- Subject-Specific Teaching Strategies
- Serving the Educational Needs of Diverse Populations
- Literacy Instruction in the Classroom
- Emergent Literacy in the Classroom
- Literacy in Early Education
- Teaching Comprehension & Vocabulary
- Writing Processes & Development
- Early Childhood Math Concepts
- Early Childhood Science Instruction
- Basics of Physical & Earth Sciences
- Basic Concepts in Life Science
- Social Studies in Early Education