Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Department of

 

Date of this Version

2016

Citation

Learning the Language of Nature: Young Children as Mathematical Thinkers. Produced by the UNL Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education (CSMCE) in collaboration with the Educare of Omaha. http://scimath.unl.edu/csmce/math-early-on/

Comments

Copyright ©2016 Carolyn Edwards & Courtney Boise.

Produced by the UNL Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education (CSMCE) in collaboration with Educare of Omaha.

http://scimath.unl.edu/csmce/math-early-on/

Abstract

Math Early On, funded by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, involves a partnership between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Educares of Nebraska, part of a national network of highquality child care centers for low-income children from birth to age 5. Th e goal of the Math Early On project is to off er professional development opportunities that build on the past successful professional development efforts of UNL’s NebraskaMATH and its Primarily Math initiative. The Primarily Math curriculum for primary teachers was adapted and redesigned to create new experiences for the purpose of enriching preschool teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching. This booklet tells some of the powerful learning stories that emerged in the Educares of Omaha at Indian Hill and Kellom and the Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory at UNL. In the model of the Hawkins exhibit, and of Italian-style documentation, the stories combine images, description, and teacher interpretation to reveal, unpack, and share moments and processes of early intellectual discovery.