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The text covers appropriate math instruction for the early childhood period. It provides a good discussion of the importance of fostering emergent mathematics and developmentally appropriate ways to help young children develop foundational math... read more
The text covers appropriate math instruction for the early childhood period. It provides a good discussion of the importance of fostering emergent mathematics and developmentally appropriate ways to help young children develop foundational math skills and attitudes. The author discussed strategies and examples of activities for different stages of early childhood. Several visuals in the book enhance or add knowledge of the math concepts and activities the author discusses. Instructors can use the various supporting resources for in-class activities or guided learning outside the classroom.
Content seems accurate, connected to research, and the sources are credible. I did not see any biased content.
The author incorporated relevant ideas and activities. The author also provided links to articles, videos, and websites that can be easily updated if there is a need. The content directly relates to teaching math in early childhood classrooms.
The author presented information in a manner that is easy to understand and clear. Examples and visuals help to enhance clarity. In Chapter 4, the author provided an overview of Early Childhood Math standards for the state of Kansas. Parts of the Kansas State standards are also cited a few times in other parts of the book. Although some similarities may exist among different state standards, this can be a drawback. Generally, the author provided context and clear descriptions to help readers from other states understand the content.
The author was consistent in the presentation of the material. Each chapter format is the same. The author used terminology that early childhood educators are familiar with throughout the textbook. There is a glossary at the end of the text, and the language in the book is simple and understandable to preservice early childhood teachers.
Different sections of the text can be easily assigned at different points in a course. The headings are helpful for navigation.
Chapters are organized logically. The subheadings make it easy to find information and to follow the discussion. The images help break the text up and add to the clear organization, and the pages do not look cluttered.
There are a few areas where the font size is too large or too small. This may distract the reader. All the links in the book are working, and I can navigate chapters in the ebook using the sidebar on the left side of the page. Because there are links for supporting resources provided in the book, readers will benefit more if they use the ebook.
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
Pictures in the book show diverse children and adults. I did not notice any culturally insensitive or offensive topics or information.
I think this is a well-written textbook, and I will use it in my courses.
Overall, this textbook is arranged in a logical order and include relevant math topics appropriate for early childhood learning. There is a table of contents and glossary which is very helpful when searching for specific topics. read more
Overall, this textbook is arranged in a logical order and include relevant math topics appropriate for early childhood learning. There is a table of contents and glossary which is very helpful when searching for specific topics.
The book reflects accurate information. I have taught this course using other resources and I find that the information in this text is accurate and up to date. No errors or biased in my opinion was evident in my review of the textbook.
This textbook includes relevant topics that are arranged in a logical way. The information shared about the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics was thoroughly written along with suggested activities which is helpful for early childhood education teachers, especially because most teachers are already working in the field.
The book is well written. The flow of the text was easy to follow. I appreciate the images throughout the text as visuals for content discussed. It’s always great to have visuals that are relevant to the text. For some readers it makes the content meaningful and easy to digest, especially when it’s a lot of text on one page. The only added feedback is maybe making sure all the text is the same font if it is not a header. Some of the text had smaller font and large font in one sentence. Maybe work on the format to make it consistent.
The text is somewhat consistent with current research. I’m not sure when the book was written, but a few of the references are over 10 years old. Maybe revise the text adding more current research to support the content. Also, maybe adding objectives and an introduction to each chapter could help with consistency.
The text features are clear and concise for each chapter, including chapter headers, and a few illustrations throughout the text. Information is presented in manageable chunks, again making the text easy to read. The only added suggestion is maybe adding chapter objectives as mentioned in a previous rating.
Overall, the text is nicely presented beside some of the font being a little off within paragraphs. However, each chapter has content divided into sections making in text easy to navigate through.
Overall, the interface is nicely done. I downloaded it as a PDF, and it was easy to navigate. Most of the content was easy to read and should be easy for other to navigate. Again, the only suggestion is to revise some of the text formatting. For some readers the difference in text size may be an issue, especially if they are using a software screen reader.
Professional and accurate without grammatical, spelling, or sentence structuring errors.
Most of the content focused on state standards, so maybe including easy assessable hyperlinks or a note where to find culturally relevant content would be an added asset the textbook.
Overall, this is a well written book that gives an in-depth look at mathematics methods for early childhood learning. I enjoyed reviewing this resource, and plan to use some of the chapters in my CHD146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children course.
"The chapters cover the components of mathematics for young children. There is no index included. There is a glossary. There is ample information about the math standards. However, there are not many hands-on ideas or strategies of how... read more
"The chapters cover the components of mathematics for young children. There is no index included. There is a glossary.
There is ample information about the math standards. However, there are not many hands-on ideas or strategies of how teachers can promote children's math learning around the standards. Information pertaining to how to promote mathematical knowledge for infants and toddlers is sparse."
The contents is accurate for Kansas mathematical standards. However, since the focus is heavily on Kansas math standards, it would be challenging to use or adapt this book in other states.
The contents will be relativity easy to update with new research as each component of mathematics has its own chapter.
Use of jargon is minimal and easy-to-use definitions are included when needed.
The terminology used is consistent with standards in the field of early childhood mathematics.
Each chapter is chunked into smaller sections that are easy to read.
The topics are presented in an organized, sequential manner
When accessing the book directly online, the interface is organized, clean and easy to use. However, when downloading the PDF and Word versions, the font is varied and not well formatted.
No grammatical errors were found.
The contents appear to be bias-free.
Table of Contents
- 1. The Importance of Early Childhood Mathematics
- 2. Mathematics Milestones
- 3. Mathematics in Preschool
- 4. Mathematics Standards
- 5. Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving
- 6. Early Number Concepts and Number Sense
- 7. Whole Number Place Value
- 8. Whole Number Computation
- 9. Early Fraction Concepts
- 10. Geometry and Measurement
- 11. Algebraic Thinking
- 12. Data and Data Analysis
- 13. Glossary
About the Book
Welcome to Early Childhood Mathematics! This course satisfies the Early Childhood Unified requirements in the state of Kansas for a teaching license Birth to Grade 3.
Most people agree that early childhood includes the period from infancy until eight years of age, characterized by rapid and complex growth in physical, cognitive, and social domains. Math skills must be taught in early childhood. Children should be provided a foundation to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Teachers should focus lessons in early childhood around the basic skills that will help to advance future mathematics. From preschool to the end of elementary school, children are setting the foundation for future life skills.
Learning mathematics is “a ‘natural’ and developmentally appropriate activity for young children” (Ginsberg, Lee, and Boyd, 2008). Through their everyday interactions with the world, many children develop informal concepts about space, quantity, size, patterns, and operations. Unfortunately, not all children have the same opportunities to build these informal and foundational concepts of mathematics in their day-to-day lives (Sherman-LeVos, 2010).
Young children are naturally curious, and the best time to begin mathematics is at a time while the young child’s brain is rapidly developing. Mathematics in early childhood helps children develop critical thinking and reasoning skills early on and it’s the key to the foundation for success in their formal schooling years.
About the Contributors
Janet Stramel, Fort Hays State University