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Math Matters!

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This handout is excerpted from Math Matters: Children's Mathematical Journeys Start Early, a report funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation. 

by Alan H. Schoenfeld and Deborah Stipek

Children's Mathematical Journeys Start Early

This handout provides background information about the importance of early math. You can access the full report from the Additional Readings section.

  • What the Research Says: Early Math Skills Matter.
  • Children need to have opportunities to grow mathematically and be supported in that growth.
  • Children need linguistically rich and culturally meaningful mathematical activities.
  • Children profit both from math play and from structured curriculum.


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