This course concentrates on providing early childhood educators with the knowledge, skills, techniques, and strategies necessary to incorporate mathematical concepts through developmentally appropriate practice into the curriculum of early childhood programs from birth through kindergarten. Students will identify what mathematics looks like during the early years and learn strategies to recognize and promote mathematical understanding in young children.
TEXT: The Early Math Collaborative – Erikson Institute (2014). Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know. Pearson. ISBN: 978-0132946971
NAEYC. 2010. “Early Childhood Mathematics: Promoting Good Beginnings.” A joint position statement of NAEYC and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/psmath.pdf.
Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/earlychi/pdf/early_learning_standards.pdf
Three credit hour course.
FORMAT: Blended course that meets every other week for three hours during the evening, fall semester only.