Early Childhood Mathematics
Richland One is working to build a love of math in the early grades through problem solving. Problem solving can serve as a vehicle for learning new mathematical ideas and skills. A problem-centered approach to teaching mathematics uses interesting and well-selected problems so that allows ALL children to be successful in math. Students develop understanding when they figure out how each new idea is related to other things they already now (NCTM). Our children come in with a wealth of knowledge and as educators it is not our job to tell students how to solve the problem but to support them in figuring it out on their own.
Understanding takes place in the students’ minds and it cannot be achieved through procedures and memorization. Richland One Math framework includes five components: launch, content, exploration, small group instruction, work stations, and a huddle. The following is a year at a glance for grades K-2.