The Children’s School brings math to life by anchoring it in the concrete, the domain that young children can grasp most easily. At every turn, our program offers opportunities and materials for the development of mathematical concepts. The curriculum has its roots in the work of Maria Montessori, a visionary in her insight that children are capable of understanding high-level mathematical concepts. Like Jean Piaget, she believed that young children learn best by manipulating simple objects, and she designed an array of learning materials that help develop mathematical thinking. By handling and arranging blocks, beads and puzzle pieces, children develop spatial awareness, pattern identification and grouping skills, and grasp concepts like counting by twos and fives.
As children’s understanding of math concepts becomes more secure, the school turns to elements of Singapore Math, which emphasizes inquiry and problem-based learning without sacrificing computational fluency. Throughout, students strengthen their critical thinking skills and practice using mathematical language to explain their reasoning. Areas of study include patterns and algebraic relationships, number sense and operations, statistics and probability, and geometry and measurement.
To determine which skill set best predicts academic success in elementary school, researchers at UC Irvine followed the progress of 20,000 kindergarteners. Their surprising conclusion? Math skills. Children who learned the most math in their primary years tended to have the highest math and reading scores years later.
For more information, visit the school's website www.childrensschool.org, or call them at 203-329-8815.
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