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Math in Early Childhood

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to explore teachers’ perceptions of their math abilities and help them encourage math knowledge and dispositions in children. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article "Math in Early Childhood" by Francis Wardle and "Adult Perceptions of Their Math Abilities" by Mary Worthington and Suzanne Duarte Jones>
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audiences for this are beginning and intermediate teachers. This kit will explore teachers' perceptions of their math abilities and how to encourage math knowledge and dispositions in children during the early years.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is estimated at 1.0 hour. Implementation time is estimated at 1.5 to 2.0 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will describe Piaget’s sensorimotor and preoperational stages of cognitive development.
  2. Teachers will list ways to focus on play, exploration, and constructive approaches to learning math.
  3. Teachers will list ways to help children build a large body of general knowledge that supports emerging math skills.
  4. Teachers will list ways to address gender stereotypes and sexism in the classroom related to children’s math abilities.

These training outcomes address the following professional standards:

  • 2.F.01-13; 9.A.04 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria (2005), www.naeyc.org.
  • Standard 1, 3, and 4b, 4c, and 4d of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (2003), www.naeyc.org.
  • 1304.21(a)(4)(i) and 1304.21(a)(4)(iv) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215), www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/.
  • E13, E16, E19 of the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, National Association of Child Care Professionals (2005), www.naccp.org.

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