Integrating Mathematical Thinking Into Family Engagement Programs
- The grantees that were funded by the Heising- Simons Foundation developed and implemented a rich array of early math projects in a variety of settings. Their efforts show that despite the challenges faced by practitioners and the families they serve, there is room to integrate mathematical thinking and activities across a range of family engagement programs.
- Seven tips were gleaned from their experiences: (1) build on successful family engagement approaches and ensure staff buy-in; (2) focus on developmentally appropriate math concepts; (3) tailor early math projects to a caregiver’s language and culture; (4) offer practitioners opportunities for professional development; (5) provide families with early math activities they can use in their everyday lives; (6) help families overcome their anxiety about math; and (7) use data for learning and improvement.
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