Our PreK math program follows the Building Blocks Curriculum. Building Blocks develops the power of young children's mathematical thinking. Using their bodies, manipulatives, paper, and computers, children engage in activities that guide them through fine-tuned research-based learning trajectories. These activities connect children's informal knowledge to more formal school mathematics.
Learning Trajectories Learning Trajectories are the observable, natural developmental progression in learning. There are three parts to a learning trajectory: a mathematical goal, a developmental path along which children develop to reach that goal, and a set of activities matched to each of the levels of thinking in that path that help children develop the next higher level of thinking. Thus, each learning trajectory has levels of understanding and skill, each more sophisticated than the last with tasks that promote growth from one level to the next.
Big Ideas in Early Childhood Learning
Number and Operations
Numbers can be used to tell us how many, describe order, and measure; they involve numerous relations, and they can be represented in various ways.
Operations with numbers can be used to model a variety of real-world situations and to solve problems; they can be carried out in various ways.
Geometry can be used to understand and represent the objects, directions, locations in our world, and the relationships between them.
Geometric shapes can be described, analyzed, transformed, and composed and decomposed into other shapes
Comparing and measuring can be used to specify “how much” of an attribute objects possess.
Measures can be determined by repeating a unit or using a tool.
Patterns and Algebra
Patterns can be used to recognize relationships and can be extended to make generalizations
Data Analysis and Classifications
Objects can be sorted and classified in a variety of ways. Data analysis can be used to classify, represent, and use information to ask and answer questions.