BIG IDEAS OF EARLY MATHEMATICS: WHAT TEACHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN NEED TO KNOW

September 17, 2020 - 2 minutes read

By: The Early Math Collaborative Erikson Institute

 This book would be great for early childhood teachers, coaches, college students, and teacher educators.  The book also has a Book Study Guide that could be used in a variety of settings and ways.  This books= offers a great deal of information organized around the “Big Ideas.”

The seven authors from Erikson Institute provide the “Big Ideas” that are meant to help teachers who work with children ages 3 to 6 year-olds who feel they need a deeper understanding of Mathematics.

In the Introduction of the book, it states that the early childhood teachers/professionals feel that they spend more time on literacy than mathematics and are more confident in teaching literacy skills than mathematic concepts.  In the book, it also points out that recent research “has shown that early math competence is one of the best predictors of school success across the curriculum.” The authors state that “this book is meant to help you [the reader] fill that void, since we believe that you have to understand what you are teaching to teach for understanding.”

The book is written to provide the BIG IDEAS for each of the content areas of mathematics:  Number Sense, Measurement, Geometry, Algebra, and Data Analysis.  These content areas are covered in the nine chapters.  In the chapters, there are scenarios called Math Snapshots, an explanation of the math topic/content, games, activities, children’s book related to the BIG IDEA, and a Video Link that can be found on the Early Math Collaborative website – www.earlymath.erikson.edu/ or on the DVD that is included in the back of the book.

I think this book is a great way for individuals, school programs, pre-service teachers, and early childhood agencies to assist in their professional development.  The professional development could be by doing a book study or going through the book with just a colleague.  The book shares some children’s books in the section “Finding Great Math in Great Books,” at the end of each chapter which is a great way to connect math and literacy.

Reviewed By: Sherial McKinney

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