“God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.”
Mathematical concepts are present in everyday life and form part of children’s learning from a young age.
Young children have a natural attraction to order and exhibit a mathematical mind, which tends to estimate, to see similarity and difference, to order, to categorise, and to control error. Time, shape, pattern and sequence are just a few of the mathematical concepts that children begin to make sense of in their earliest years.
Working with concrete and sensorial materials is crucial in the earliest years as when children are exposed to concrete mathematical experiences, they tend to experience a greater ease with number work and processes of abstraction.
At The Educationalist, we aim to weave mathematical vocabulary and knowledge into children’s everyday play and learning. We work to equip them with the necessary logico-mathematical skills required to solve problems with confidence. Where older children require support in terms of abstraction, we aim to scaffold their knowledge through revisiting foundational concepts using concrete materials, thereby filling in the missing gaps.