Mathematics relates to ideas and concepts about quantity and addresses logical and spatial relationships. At the Early Childhood and Lower School levels, the foundations of mathematical understanding are formed out of children’s concrete experiences. Mathematical experiences are not confined to math class. They are thoughtfully embedded in almost all daily classroom activities, where teachers are alert to opportunities for facilitating understanding. Mathematical thinking is also incorporated into all forms of play including construction, drama, reading and free play. Co-curricular teachers help students make connections between mathematics and musical experiences, art, physical education and performing arts when they explore rhythmic or visual patterns, symmetry, scores and movement.
At The Greene School, teachers design robust programs that take the research-based elements of Everyday Mathematics and Singapore Math to implement learning sessions that challenge our bright students. Everyday Mathematics is a curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project that cultivates true mathematical literacy, extending far beyond basic calculation skills. Based on extensive research, the program is based on findings that show that children are capable of learning a great deal more than previously expected and do best when mathematics is framed in real-world applications. The scope of the curriculum includes the following strands:
Numeration and order
Patterns, functions, and sequences
Algebra and uses of variables
Data and chance
Geometry and spatial sense
Measures and measurement
Interwoven into the foundation of Everyday Mathematics, Singapore math’s curriculum, Math in Focus, focuses on problem solving and positive attitudes toward mathematics, also emphasizing the development of skills, concepts, processes, and metacognition. Students are encouraged to reflect on their thinking and learn how to self-regulate so that they can apply these skills to varied problem-solving activities. The following diagram can be helpful in providing a general overview of this program.
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