Book Review: Young Children Learning Mathematics
Title: Young Children Learning Mathematics: A guide for educators and families
Authors: Robert Hunting, Judy Mousley and Bob Perry
Publisher: ACER 2012
Reviewed by Theresa Shellshear
Published in the Canberra Mathematical Association newsletter, Vol. 3, No.2, 2012
While based on theory and research findings, this text published by ACER provides in an accessible way a wealth of ideas and activities to engage young children in mathematics.
It assists both parents and early childhood educators in identifying the wealth of mathematical possibilities within a range of everyday activities. These activities are described, and the underlying mathematical concepts noted.
The authors emphasise the importance of language development in mathematical thinking, and the role that adult interactions play in this development. It provides a sound basis for parents and educators to be informed about the possibilities and the often unrecognised potential for simulating young children’s mathematical thinking.
The book is attractively presented, with illustrations, a colourful cover and convenient size.
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