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Great Games for Early Math Development


Games provide a world of math thinking and learning while removing the stresses and anxiety that can form from more teacher-led instruction.
Games provide meaningful situations for children to apply mathematical ideas and skills and reduce the dreaded math anxiety. When choosing games, teachers should look for those that focus on an important idea and are also easy to learn to play.
One of the most powerful things we have done in our classroom to help children enjoy math is to play math games. Because playing 'memory' with dot cards is fun, kids want to do this on their own, and I have seen their fluency with number composition—the idea that four can be one and three or two and two—increase.
When children are learning a game, the teacher can play with them and model language to describe the math that is going on. Games also reduce anxiety and promote positive attitudes toward math because they reduce the fear of failure and error, since children can always play again.
Above are excerpts from Growing Mathematical Minds, Routledge (2018).
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