Growing with Mathematics© is a comprehensive curriculum which incorporates a balancedapproach to learning mathematical concepts and problemsolving skills. The program reflects current cognitive and social theories of early mathematics learning. In particular, the program views children as active learners who construct their own mathematical understanding through interacting with their environment and their peers.
Growing with Mathematics© is the result of 30 years of research which has identified several areas which are critical to mathematical learning and success. All learning expectations within the program are designed to provide significant, carefully sequenced mathematics experiences.
The program reflects the philosophy that all children can learn mathematics when they are provided: 
 A wide range of learning experiences
 High expectations
 Ability to use prior experiences
 Conceptual understanding


The following five interrelated content strands form the basis of this exemplary mathematics curriculum: 

Numbers and Operations 
A major focus of number work is to help children learn to count accurately and with understanding. They also begin to compare and order numbers, using concrete materials and then symbols. Number concepts are developed through activities that involve: 
 Estimating and counting objects, both concrete and pictorial
 Working with different representations of numbers
 Comparing and ordering groups of concrete objects
 Recognizing and beginning to write number symbols
 Using the language of ordinal numbers
 Joining numbers together and breaking numbers apart


Algebra 
Children begin to develop algebraic thinking through activities that involve: 
 Sorting and classifying concrete objects or pictures
 Identifying, describing, creating, copying, and extending patterns of sounds, actions, or objects
 Writing number symbols


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Geometry 
Geometry is an intuitive part of mathematics for young children, who are naturally interested in the shape, size, and position of objects in the world around them. Geometric concepts and related language are developed through children: 
 Describing the relative position of objects in the real world and in pictures
 Investigating the characteristics and properties of 3D solids and 2D shapes, and describing their attributes; for example, a triangle has three sides
 Hearing and beginning to use formal names for 3D and 2D shapes.


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Measurement 
The focus is on helping children identify, describe, and compare measurable attributes such as length, size, weight, and capacity. Activities that help develop concepts related to measurement and measuring time include: 
 Describing measurable attributes; for example, using the words long and short to describe length
 Identifying which object has more or less of a given attribute
 Ordering objects according to a given attribute
 Ordering events in a story or everyday situation
 Working with a calendar that shows the days of the school week


Data Analysis and Probability 
Activities that contribute to the development of data analysis skills include: 
 Classifying objects as the same or different, according to an attribute such as color, size, or shape
 Sorting concrete or pictorial objects
 Interpreting simple graphs and charts
 Making simple graphs and charts; for example, by sorting concrete objects on a graphing mat, or by placing stickers on a weather chart


Research results from schools representing diverse populations in both low and high socioeconomic statuses demonstrate that Growing with Mathematics improves student performance in mathematics. 
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