id: 05949037
dt: b
an: 2011f.00165
au: Zvonkin, Alexander
ti: Math from three to seven. The story of a mathematical circle for
preschoolers. Transl. from the Russian by Alla Yarkho, translation
revised by Paul Zeitz.
so: MSRI Mathematical Circles Library 5. Providence, RI: American Mathematical
Society (AMS); Berkeley, CA: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
(MSRI) (ISBN 978-0-8218-6873-7/pbk). xiii, 300~p. (2011).
py: 2011
pu: Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society (AMS); Berkeley, CA:
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)
la: EN
cc: B61 B21 C31 D41 U41
ut: preschool education; extracurricular activities; collection of problems;
developmental psychology; experience reports
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ab: Publisher’s description: This book is a captivating account of a
professional mathematician’s experiences conducting a math circle for
preschoolers in his apartment in Moscow in the 1980s. As anyone who has
taught or raised young children knows, mathematical education for
little kids is a real mystery. What are they capable of? What should
they learn first? How hard should they work? Should they even “work"
at all? Should we push them, or just let them be? There are no correct
answers to these questions, and the author deals with them in classic
math-circle style: he doesn’t ask and then answer a question, but
shows us a problem‒be it mathematical or pedagogical‒and describes
to us what happened. His book is a narrative about what he did, what he
tried, what worked, what failed, but most important, what the kids
experienced. This book does not purport to show you how to create
precocious high achievers. It is just one person’s story about things
he tried with a half-dozen young children. Mathematicians,
psychologists, educators, parents, and everybody interested in the
intellectual development in young children will find this book to be an
invaluable, inspiring resource.
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