"Math is like music - it's for EVERYONE!"
Taught by Professor Branka Bajgoric, Early Math Matters is a fun, creative, and goal-oriented course designed to boost a child's mental potential in the very early ages. With hands-on learning opportunities drawn from Piaget’s educational theories and Montessori materials, children will gain the experience to develop pre-math and pre-language skills. Math helps preschoolers make sense of the world around them and can also teach them important problem solving strategies.
Did You Know...
Research from different countries and historical periods have shown that the development of early math skills before entering elementary school is critical for academic achievement. These skills are crucial for critical thinking and problem solving abilities. In addition, math skills help develop what we call executive function skills, which includes the mental ability to keep a lot of balls in the air at the same time. In fact, early math skills are the best predictor of later success in both math and literacy.
You may be surprised to learn that it is never too early to sharpen your child’s mathematical mind. If children receive guided encouragement and feedback in early ages around a particular domain, they may develop positive self-perceptions such as “I am good in math,” which can greatly increase self-efficacy and motivation. These learning opportunities also help to identify students who are particularly talented in the area of math, and may lead the way into advanced learning and enrichment classes.
Through purposeful play using Montessori materials and Piaget’s hands-on approach, I design a program that is a fun, creative, and interesting learning experience for young students. My goal is to build a strong foundation for problem solving and to foster a lifelong passion and love for math. Register today and help give your child a jump start in life!
This program is designed in 8 topics, spanning 25 classes:
- Topic One - Assessment and Number Sense: counting and connecting objects with a number, exploring relationships
- Topic Two - Spatial Sense: matching sizes and shapes, creating new shapes
- Topic Three - Measurement: hands-on exploration of length, height, weight
- Topic Four - Estimation: making guesses about an amount, length, weight, or height
- Topic Five - Patterns: making logical connections, creating and identifying new patterns
- Topic Six - Sequences: identifying and creating sequences
- Topic Seven - Classifying Objects: identifying similarities and differences
- Topic Eight - Problem Solving: trying different problem solving strategies