The What Works Clearinghouse has released a new practice guide with tips on teaching maths to children up to the age of six. Recommendations are based on a systematic review of the available literature and on the experience of a panel recruited by the US Institute of Education Sciences. Suggested techniques to help children succeed include:
Use small-group activities to target different skill levels.
Get the most out of maths teaching by continually monitoring children’s progress and tailoring lessons to their needs. Gather specific information about each child’s skill level, such as how they perform on a new activity. Watch how they complete the activities in class, as well as how they perform on tests.
Make maths a part of the school day, and create a maths-rich environment so children can see that maths is a part of their everyday activities.
The guide is geared toward teachers, and other educators who want to build a strong foundation for later maths learning.
Source: Teaching Math to Young Children (2013), Institute of Education Sciences.