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The Importance of the Early Years

The Importance of the Early Years

The importance of the early years
DouglasClements and JulieSarama

Research provides findings—some surprising—about the importance of math for young children. Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama explore these and suggest ways to build up children's mathematical concepts and skills.

Nearly a century ago two giants of psychology gave quite different impressions of the role of math in the lives and education of young children.

It seems probable that little is gained by using any of the child's time for arithmetic before grade 2, though there are many arithmetic facts that he [sic] can learn in grade 1.

—Edward L Thorndike, 1922

Children have their own preschool arithmetic, which only myopic psychologists could ignore.

—Lev Vygotsky, 1935

Throughout history, views of the role mathematics should play in young children's ...

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