Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The last of the roadshow events are this month! If you are interested in attending, please contact your ESC.
The TSR Online+ application will open on April 18 for Texas school districts and charter schools!
The EOY assessment window for TSR Comprehensive is April 15 to May 15.
Registration for TSR Summer Institute will open on April 27 for TSR Comprehensive participants and on May 4 for the public. Learn more at our new website!
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CLI Engage Website
Texas School Ready Website
Children's Learning Institute Website
Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines
Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines
Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS)
We are focusing this month on how to build children’s natural interest in math and how to make preschool more engaging and beneficial.
Math concepts should be taught on a daily basis and embedded throughout the day and across the curriculum. Math concepts taught in preschool lay the foundational skills needed for more formal math systems that children will encounter later in school. As with other content areas, teachers should plan math for daily whole group, small group, and individual instruction. Math transitions, chants, daily routines, and questions help children start making sense of how math is used. For example, asking the children, “How many of you are going to the football game tonight?” and then counting out loud the number of hands raised counts as a meaningful math activity.
The Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide provides five recommendations designed to help early childhood teachers take advantage of and make the most of children’s natural interest in math. The guide also provides concrete ways of how to increase math instruction, which includes examples of math–related objects and tools that will peak the interest of the children. Recommendations 1 and 2 are related to developmental progressions and how the content should be taught. Recommendations 3, 4, and 5 focus on teaching strategies and how to incorporate math activities in the classroom throughout the day.
A developmental progression refers to sequence or order in which children typically acquire skills and concepts as they build math knowledge. There will be different progressions for each skill. The progression can help guide instruction and assessment which will help teachers in their planning process. Also, pay attention to the order in which math instruction occurs and finally children should be comfortable with the early steps in the progression before introducing more difficult ones.
- Recommendation 1 - Teach number and operations using a developmental progression.
- Recommendation 2 - Teach geometry, patterns, measurement, and data analysis using a developmental progression.
- Recommendation 3 - Use progress monitoring to ensure that math instruction builds on what each child knows.
- Recommendation 4 - Teach children to view and describe their world mathematically.
- Recommendation 5 - Dedicate time each day to teach math, and integrate math instruction throughout the school day.
To view the complete action steps on how to carry out each recommendation and summary of the evidence, see the What Works Clearing House Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide.
Early Mathematics Tips
In section 4 of the eCIRCLE online course*, "Early Childhood Mathematics," teachers learn that they can support mathematics development "by providing planful, playful, and purposeful opportunities for young children to explore, discuss, and reflect on mathematics ideas every day.”
Four steps are recommended:
- Establish a math center.
- Put math manipulatives in your centers and refresh them regularly.
- Integrate mathematics into your regular daily routines.
- Plan and implement focused math lessons with small groups of children.
By integrating mathematics into regular routines, early math concepts are reinforced and children learn that math is a part of their everyday world and that their natural curiosity for mathematics concepts can be harnessed in real settings.
Ideas for integrating mathematics into everyday routines include:
- Highlighting mathematics context during read alouds using books that target key math concepts.
- Making a point of counting aloud or having the students say the next number in sequence as they are lining up for lunch, recess etc.
- Using math related transitions such as "1-2 buckle my shoe, 3-4 shut the door…".
- Graphing student’s likes and dislikes for a particular concept such as favorite to least favorite dinosaur.
Find many more strategies within the CIRCLE Activity Collection* including both focused lessons and math concept activities integrated into the school day.
*Please note that you must be logged into CLI Engage for the above links to work.