Our set of Big Ideas map the key math concepts young children need to explore between the ages of 3 and 6. Big Ideas are foundational to lifelong mathematical thinking and can guide teaching and learning in the early childhood years. They are organized by topic here and in our book, Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know. Learning early mathematics means opportunities to play around with and talk about big math ideas.
Children between the ages of 3 and 6 are more than ready to develop their skills at expressing directions from different locations and understanding relative positions. With Big Ideas learning early mathematics includes learning about spatial relationships.