We believe that you have to understand what you are teaching to teach for understanding.
Because of this, we believe that teachers and caregivers must understand what early math is, as well as understand precursor concepts that lead to mathematical thinking. It isn’t just counting and it isn’t just rote memorization of shape names.
We define early math by Early Math Topics and Precursor Topics. These topics organize the concepts and ideas that teachers of young children need to know in order to support the development of mathematical thinking from birth to eight years.