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Mathematical Habits of Mind for Young Children

April, 2011
Author (s): 
Paul Goldenberg

Elementary school teachers are in the unique and difficult position of managing just about everything, and often try to integrate their activities, finding ways to draw math lessons from literature, science, art, or lunch-money collection, finding ways to draw language lessons from science or math contexts, and so on. "Wouldn't it be nice," goes the theory, "if what we do at reading time, or in the morning calendar activity, or in our study of the chicks helps the children use and practice what they are learning in math? And wouldn't it be nice if the math lessons gave the children new and useful vocabulary, and practice with their reading and writing?