Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mathematical language

            I have found that so many teachers are afraid of math and then they pass that on to the students. Even the semantics of math is troublesome; there are only math problems, no math questions. We don’t have Social Studies problems to figure out, we say instead Social Studies questions. I try to say math questions; I think it sets the brain up to figure out the answer in a positive frame of mind.
Math and mathematical language is something that is very important in a preschool, early childhood setting. Whether you are a preschool teacher, teacher’s aid, or a homeschooler parent, everyone in the world of a young child should be using mathematical language.
Mathematical language is saying descriptive words such as tall, short, long, wide, thin, as well as shapes; it is the positional words like, far, near, behind, above, below, left, and right; talking about money; talking about numbers; asking how high, how low, how long; comparing objects such as this tower is taller than that house. All these things are so easy to say and it increases a child’s mathematical literacy by so much. This is something so easy to do and so important to do too. 

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