Let's Move, little hands and mind...
Mathematics to a young child’s developing mind is not about facts and memorisation. Mathematics in a young child’s life is about shapes, patterns and spatial relationships that he experiences within his environment.
To a child, work is play. The work of a child is different from the adult. It is through work that the child will develop a mathematical mind. A mathematical mind tends to estimate, needs to quantify, to see identity, similarity, difference, and patterns, to make order and sequence and to control error.
Before beginning mathematics work, the Sensorial materials and the Practical Life materials are the initial activities to get the child ready.
“This hand becomes a “prehensile organ of the mind.”