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Thoughts on formal math instruction for young children

December 3, 2012

Interesting thoughts from Laurie Bluedorn at: http://www.triviumpursuit.com/blog/2012/11/18/delayed-formal-math-approach-2/

Love this point: “Not formally teaching arithmetic before age ten frees up a lot of time for other activities which will build the vocabulary of the child. Vocabulary is the number one index of intelligence. Developing vocabulary was one of the deliberate foci of ancient education. We waste valuable time for developing vocabulary and verbal language skills if we instead spend those hours teaching a five year old to count by fives. (He’ll know it intuitively by age ten anyway, without ever being taught.) Instead, we ought to spend those hours reading to him.”

 

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