This practice guide provides five recommendations for teaching math to children in preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared toward teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to build a strong foundation for later math learning.
Teach geometry, patterns, measurement, and data analysis using a developmental progression.
Use progress monitoring to ensure that math instruction builds on what each child knows.
Dedicate time each day to teaching math, and integrate math instruction throughout the school day.
This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-IES-13-C-0010.
The following research staff contributed to the guide:
Cay Bradley, Elizabeth Cavadel, Julia Lyskawa, Libby Makowsky, Moira McCullough, Bryce Onaran, and Michael Barna.
University of Pennsylvania
Arthur J. Baroody
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Denver
University of North Carolina
Sharon M. Carver
Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School
Nancy C. Jordan
University of Delaware
School District of Philadelphia
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