In this article, we discuss the benefits of engaging children in math learning through shared reading, outlining strategies that early childhood educators can use to extend the math during shared reading of both mathematical and non-mathematical books.
Megan Onesti, Colleen Uscianowski, Michèle M. Mazzocco
In this article, we discuss the role of contrasting cases when introducing mathematical concepts to young children, especially with regard to integers, the various uses of the minus sign, and number operations.
Teachers can help children build the foundations of algebraic reasoning in preschool and elementary school by focusing on topics critical to algebra by using concrete objects found in any early learning setting or home and by offering simple activities.
In this article, Jenna Valasek explains how she uses open-ended materials with intentional teacher planning and scaffolding to engage children in active thinking, social interactions, and joyful learning across multiple areas.
The following classroom activity and its home extension include step-by-step instructions and sample questions to promote conversations about spatial orientation to build children’s reasoning processes and spatial terminology.
In this article, we look at how a service-learning project helped foster receptive language competencies for infants through art experiences and encouraged socially and culturally responsive practices by students.
Cross-area play is rooted in the idea that when children are given the freedom to experiment with materials in open-ended ways, their play can transform into elaborate, complex plots and offer rich developmental opportunities.
One valuable way we can support children’s exploration of nature is by teaching them how to observe carefully and create observational drawings, which encourage children to understand and question their world.
Enhanced by math activities, higher-order mental skills and abilities serve as the behind-the-scenes machinery that facilitates young children’s ability to engage in and demonstrate their learning competency.
Holland W. Banse, Douglas H. Clements, Julie Sarama, Crystal Day-Hess, Marisa Simoni, Candace Joswick
Supporting Literacy Through Engaging Instruction & Materials
The Fall 2021 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles offering a variety of practices and materials to help early childhood educators foster a love of literacy and support early reading, writing, listening, and speaking development.
Rich and sustained conversations in the classroom provide opportunities to learn about and practice using new vocabulary, to grapple with new ideas, and to contribute to longer-term knowledge and skills.