
06191358
j
2013d.00446
Cross, Dionne I.
Adefope, Olufunke
Lee, Mi Yeon
Perez, Arnulfo
Hungry for early spatial and algebraic reasoning.
Teach. Child. Math. 19, No. 1, 4249 (2012).
2012
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
G21
E51
preschool children
algebra
spatial ability
abstract reasoning
units of study
preschool teachers
geometry
http://www.nctm.org/publications/article.aspx?id=33741
From the text: Tasks that develop spatial and algebraic reasoning are crucial for learning and applying advanced mathematical ideas. In this article, the authors describe how two early childhood teachers used stories as the basis for a unit that supports spatial reasoning in kindergartners and first graders. Having mathematical experiences that go beyond manipulating numbers and symbols is important in developing children's mathematical reasoning skills. The authors' goal is to encourage early childhood teachers to challenge their students by engaging them in mathematically rich activities  similar in scope and content to the ones described in this article  to enhance students' spatial awareness and algebraic reasoning and to prepare them for future study in algebra and geometry.