Mathematics and Reasoning Development

Mathematics and Reasoning Development

Mathematics and reasoning skills include a child’s ability to count, understand number sense, manipulate objects, create patterns, sort, compare and measure.

Research on children’s learning in the first six years of life validates the importance of early experiences in mathematics for lasting positive outcomes (Bowman, Donovan & Burns, 2001). Through Experience Curriculum, children develop the ability to reason mathematically and become increasingly sophisticated in the ability to recognize and analyze the mathematics inherent in the world around them (Baroody, Bajwa & Eiland, 2009). Children’s early mathematical experiences play a significant role in the development of their understanding of mathematics and serve as a foundation for their cognitive development (Tudge & Doucet, 2004).

Mathematics and Reasoning skills and goals integrated within Experience Curriculum:

15 Number Concepts

15.1 Identifies numerals
15.2 Counts to determine quantity
15.3 Understands operations

16 Shapes

16.1 Identifies shapes
16.2 Manipulates parts and wholes

17 Spatial Awareness

17.1 Flips and rotates objects
17.2 Determines object location

18 Patterns and Sorting

18.1 Identifies and creates patterns
18.2 Matches, sorts and charts

19 Measurement

19.1 Estimates and measures
19.2 Compares and seriates

20 Logic

20.1 Solves problems

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