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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
October 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence


A community-based numeracy program for young children and adults

In partnership with Ontario Early Years Centres, The Actuarial Foundation of Canada,  Waterloo Public Library, Kitchener Public Library, Region of Waterloo Library, and the Fields Institute, this program explores how parents/caregivers/early childhood educators/teachers can use purposeful play to assist young children to develop number sense.

This program has been developed by Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos and Dr. Joanne Lee.

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Research has shown that babies are born with some sense of an internal number structure and that young children are able to do much more mathematically than most adults believe. Children who come to school with a comprehensive understanding of counting do better mathematically at the start of schooling and this advantage is sustained through elementary school and beyond.

The purpose of this play-based program is to support parents/caregivers/early childhood educators/teachers of young children in developing the concept of number through stories, games, and songs.There are currently no community programs of this nature. We are pleased to be able to offer this program to the community.

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