Documenting Math Development
Why Does Math Matter in Early Childhood?
Research has repeatedly shown that math skills at kindergarten entry are the strongest predictor of later academic success in math as well as in other subjects.
State pre-K standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) have reflected this research through increasing the rigor of Kindergarten-readiness expectations. For example, by the time a child enters kindergarten, the Head Start ELOF expects that a child can:
- Verbally count to 20
- Connect number symbols, words, and quantities within 10
- Add and subtract quantities up to 5
- Identify and extend simple patterns
- Measure objects with non-standard units and use comparative language to describe measurements
- Name shapes and describe their basic characteristics
Math Development in Early Childhood is Not Isolated!
These heightened expectations, have increased pressure on early childhood educators to build a strong math foundation for each child. But, as many early childhood educators know, math is not an isolated subject and includes more than just sitting at a table and counting. Educators support math development throughout the entire day including outside, during meal time, in the hallways, and during circle time, just to name a few.
Effective math instruction requires incorporating math talk into daily routines and intentionally planning activities that allow for children to demonstrate their math development authentically. And so, early childhood educators need a tool to allow them to effectively plan for and document math learning when and where it happens.
Supporting Intentional Math Development
COR Advantage, developed by HighScope and powered by Kaymbu’s cutting-edge technology, provides a research-backed solution that allows educators to capture learning in every setting. Designed and validated to prepare children for Kindergarten, COR Advantage helps teachers focus on the five math developmental domains that matter most:
- Numbers and counting
- Geometry: Shapes and spatial awareness
- Data Analysis
With Kaymbu’s platform, teachers document child development through photos, videos, and notes. They can easily attach learning standards and assessment items to that documentation so that they can reflect on the progression of each child’s math development. With a built-in lesson planner, teachers can also easily use that documentation to guide the next instructional activities they plan.
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