HighScope Press Release
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For Immediate Release
New Preschool Math Curriculum Meets Report Recommendations
YPSILANTI, MI, July 10, 2009 ─ By focusing on number and geometry, the new HighScope Numbers Plus preschool math curriculum meets the recommendations of a recent National Research Council call for a national initiative to improve early childhood mathematics education, titled Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity. It also meets the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Numbers Plus® focuses on number, geometry, measurement, algebra, and data analysis. Half of its activities involve numbers and geometry. The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences provided funding for the development of this curriculum.
The NRC report also mentions the importance of sequences of learning experiences called “teaching-learning paths.” Educators agree that early math learning is sequential; that is, children must acquire certain foundational knowledge and skills before proceeding to the next level. Numbers Plus is sequenced within each activity. In this method of sequencing, children at all levels participate together in the same activity, but they engage with the materials and ideas according to their own knowledge and skills. Teachers individualize instruction to scaffold (support and extend) each child’s learning.
Numbers Plus Preschool Mathematics Curriculum is a comprehensive set of detailed plans for small- and large-group activities, with ideas for extending mathematics learning throughout the program day. By actively engaging young children with materials and ideas, Numbers Plus builds on the latest knowledge from research and practice about early mathematics learning and how adults can support it.
The HighScope Educational Research Foundation, an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public advocacy organization located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was founded in 1970 by Dr. David P. Weikart. The Foundation's principal goals are to promote the learning and development of children worldwide from infancy through adolescence and to support and train educators and parents as they help children learn. In a HighScope program, students learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas.