Invitations to Play and Explore in the Early Childhood Classroom
In Deanna Pecaski McLennan’s kindergarten classroom, maths isn’t limited to a specific block of time. It’s built into the environment and inseparable from everything her young students do. All of the maths is infused with a sense of exploration, wonder and joy.
Deanna’s book, Joyful math, is about creating invitations for young children to engage with maths ideas through art, literacy and outdoor play. She focuses on building spaces in early childhood classrooms where children see themselves as mathematical thinkers with valuable ideas from the very start.
Joyful math is filled with a range of tools and models, including:
- stories, vignettes and photos illustrating how to develop a classroom environment that fosters curiosity and wonder for mathematics
- practical tips for inviting students to engage in mathematical play throughout the day
- examples of ways to document children’s experiences to make maths learning visible to parents and the greater community.
Supported by her experiences exploring maths with young children, Deanna’s methods will inspire educators to be curious about maths, take risks, try different approaches, observe carefully and collaborate with children as co-learners.
|Publish date||2021-04-12 00:00:00|
|Partner Name||Stenhouse Publishers|
|Key Learning Area||Professional development|