Paula Johnson

Building Numeracy Skills in Early Childhood – Podcast Episode 157 | Classnotes Podcast 157

Classnotes Podcast (November 9, 2015) Numeracy is the ABCs of math. It is a critical foundation for using math in everyday life. We need numeracy skills to solve problems and make sense of time, numbers, patterns and shapes for activities, like baking, reading a bill or map, and playing games and sports. And just as families help young children learn their ABCs on the path to reading literacy, everyday counting and grouping activities help children their numeracy skills.

Math educator, Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., an IDRA education associate, discusses the importance of supporting numeracy development in early childhood using the home language and everyday activities. She gives several examples and points to resources as well. Paula is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate.

Show length: 14:47

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Show Notes

  • Paula offers an introduction to numeracy and explains why it’s so foundational in math education.

  • Paula talks about ways that families can support early math literacy through everyday conversations and simple activities in the home.

  • Paula discusses the advantage of parents using the home language with their children when teaching numeracy.

  • Paula shares how parents can overcome potential barriers to teaching numeracy at home, such as not feeling confident in math.

  • Paula explains the importance of children building “language capacity” around numeracy.

  • Paula talks about the benefit of exposing children to a variety of methods to solving math problems. Parents can still be effective without necessarily using the same approach that children are learning in the classroom.