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Growing with Mathematics
Growing with Mathematics© is a comprehensive curriculum which incorporates a balanced-approach to learning mathematical concepts and problem-solving 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
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 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 3-D solids and 2-D shapes, and describing their attributes; for example, a triangle has three sides
  • Hearing and beginning to use formal names for 3-D and 2-D shapes.
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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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Children are active learners who construct their own mathematical understanding through interacting with their environment and their peers
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