Early number development focuses on strategies like counting or tagging and counting on; and big mathematical ideas like one-to one correspondence, cardinality (the idea that a number corresponds to an amount), hierarchical inclusion (the idea that numbers build exactly one at a time and nest within each others by this amount) , compensation and whole vs. part. To develop this area contexts are chosen to allow for individual differences. Collaborative games, routines and planned investigations are utilized. Card games, dice, manipulatives, open-ended scenarios, problems and role-plays (such as a play grocery store) all are designed to challenge the mathematical brain.
Brain Fact: Mathematical development begins in the left frontal and right parietal lobes during infancy, crests during adolescents and begins to degenerate after age forty.
Math Fact: A simple way to improve your child’s mathematical understanding is to play board games.
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