Belated news for
September, since we were swept up with the excitement of the
EECERA conference in Iceland,
(European Early Childhood Education Research Association). It was
great to make links and build friendships with so many Early Years
mathematics people and one of the exciting outcomes is that there is
to be an EECERA SIG group for Mathematics. Further information on
this will be provided here once it is up and running.
Meanwhile, with a new academic year starting in the UK, Europe and
in the Americas, there is a lot for everyone to think about!
Wherever you are (and also if your academic year is part way
through) – we encourage you to be strong advocates for children’s
play, thinking and meaning making. Together we can make a
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July August news
Graphic of the Month
This was Kamrin’s response to a problem concerning division by
sharing. Kamrin (5 years and 7 months) invented his own system to
help him check whether 8 sweets could be divided equally between two
people (he had chosen to eight). At the top he wrote a numeral 8
followed by a question mark.
The ‘tweedle birds’ were his own invention and by giving one ‘egg’
to each bird in turn, he was able to work out that 8 could be
divided equally between two. After this he moved on to an
iconic/symbolic approach exploring other numbers. In this one
session it was significant that he realised that there were quicker
ways to represent his mathematical thinking.