# Early Math Matters

## A free **Math at Home** professional development series for Illinois early childhood teachers and child care providers

This **eight-course online curriculum** introduces teachers and caregivers to mathematical concepts such as math literacy, number sense, patterns, geometry, measurement, data collection and math processes. Each lesson also includes tips on setting up a math-enriched environment, as well as animations, interviews with math experts, videos of children and teachers in classroom settings and links to the Math at Home website.

Learn high-impact strategies for teaching early math while earning continuing professional development hours.

### What's in it for you?

**Free** enrollment — thanks to a generous grant from the **CME Group Foundation**
- Convenient
**online access**
**High-impact strategies** for teaching early math
- Tips for creating a
**math-rich environment**
- Continuing
**professional development hours**
**Added value** for the children and families you serve

Register today!
## Early Math Matters: A free eight-course curriculum for teachers and caregivers of children from birth to age five

### Early Math Orientation

#### One Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved training hour

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

- Describe the importance of early math knowledge and skills for young children
- Identify five major content areas in early math
- Explore the Math at Home website and locate several early math resources

### Number Sense

#### One Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved training hour

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

- Define number sense
- Identify the five counting principles
- Differentiate between number labels and counting skills
- Plan for supporting number sense in the classroom
- Assess children's number sense

### Patterns

#### One Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved training hour

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

- Define patterns and identify their characteristics
- Explain how ordering, sequencing and patterning are connected
- Plan activities that involve patterns
- Describe the developmental trajectory of pattern comprehension in young children
- Plan for supporting children's developmental understanding of patterns

### Shapes & Spaces

#### One Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved training hour

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

- Define geometry for young children
- Explain three foundational concepts about shapes
- Identify the components of spatial reasoning
- Describe the developmental levels of geometric thinking
- Plan for supporting geometry in the classroom

### Measure for Measure

#### One Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved training hour

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

- Define measurement and how it fits into the early childhood curriculum
- Differentiate between standard and non-standard units of measurement and describe how they can be used with young children
- Describe the developmental trajectory of measurement skills in young children
- Choose and use appropriate tools for measurement
- Plan for supporting measurement activities in the classroom

### Data Collection & Analysis

#### One Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved training hour

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

- Define data collection and data analysis
- Formulate age-appropriate questions that children can answer by gathering and analyzing data
- Sort, organize and display data in a manner appropriate for an early childhood setting
- Use appropriate methods for analyzing data
- Plan for supporting data gathering and data analysis in the classroom

### Math Processes

#### One Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved training hour

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

- Define the five math processes
- Identify the connection between math processes and dispositions towards learning
- Describe how to support the development of math skills in young children
- Plan for supporting math processes in the classroom

### Environments

#### One Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved training hour

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

- Describe the different components of the math environment
- Identify key materials and features of materials that support children's development of math concepts
- Describe how routines can be used to support children's math learning
- Plan for setting up a math-rich environment

Register today!