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Title: Early Math: The Next Big Thing
Languages: English
Source of Publisher: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation
Length of article: Long
Setting for which the article is intended: Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Best Practices
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: MATHEMATICS
Goals: 6. Demonstrate and apply a knowledge and sense of numbers, including numeration and operations.
8. Identify and describe common attributes, patterns, and relationships in objects.
9. Explore concepts of geometry and spatial relations.
Learning Standards: 6.A. Demonstrate beginning understanding of numbers, number names, and numerals.
6.B. Add and subtract to create new numbers and begin to construct sets.
6.D. Compare quantities using appropriate vocabulary terms.
8.A. Explore objects and patterns.
8.B. Describe and document patterns using symbols.
9.A. Recognize, name, and match common shapes.
Benchmarks: 6.A.ECa. Count with understanding and recognize “how many” in small sets up to 5.
6.A.ECb. Use subitizing (the rapid and accurate judgment of how many items there are without counting) to identify the number of objects in sets of 4 or less.
6.A.ECd. Connect numbers to quantities they represent using physical models and informal representations.
6.D.ECa. Compare two collections to see if they are equal or determine which is more, using a procedure of the child’s choice.
6.D.ECb. Describe comparisons with appropriate vocabulary, such as “more”, “less”, “greater than”, “fewer”, “equal to”, or “same as”.
8.A.ECa. Sort, order, compare, and describe objects according to characteristics or attribute(s).
8.A.ECb. Recognize, duplicate, extend, and create simple patterns in various formats.
8.B.ECa. With adult assistance, represent a simple repeating pattern by verbally describing it or by modeling it with objects or actions.
9.A.ECa. Recognize and name common two- and three-dimensional shapes and describe some of their attributes (e.g., number of sides, straight or curved lines).