How Children Learn Mathematics:

  • Children acquire mathematical understanding by constructing their own meaning through ever-increasing levels of abstraction.
  • They start by exploring their own personal experiences, understandings, and knowledge.
  • Hands-on materials are provided to let them touch, feel, and count objects to learn mathematical concepts.
  • Place value blocks are used to teach concepts of place value.
  • Manipulatives are employed to explore different math concepts.

Purpose of the Math Lab:

  • Emphasize learning by doing and hands-on experience.
  • Provide children with opportunities to discover and understand mathematical concepts through active problem-solving.
  • Develop physical involvement to add new ideas to their cognitive structure.
  • Encourage children to think, look for patterns, and ask questions.
  • Foster an attitude of inquiry and curiosity towards mathematics.