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Developing an Evidence-Based Early Math App

by Tammy Kwan

figure-1What if there was a better way to introduce math to young kids? For a parent, one of the first math concepts they teach their child is to count to 10. In this exercise, repetition is the name of the game: “Let’s count to 10!…Good! Now, let’s do it again!

While rote learning of the first 10 numbers is important, it is not sufficient for a child to grasp the deeper meaning behind these numbers, and why they are important to their everyday lives.

Somewhere along the way, we lose an opportunity to take advantage of a critical component of early math development, because so many people are not aware of research on how the brain is wired for math.

Research on math development has long shown the importance of the Approximate Number System (ANS), a cognitive system responsible for estimating quantity without counting. For example, a child (or adult) can often answer questions such as, “Which plate has more grapes on it?” through estimation, without actually counting the grapes on the plate. For these types of judgments, people rely on their ANS.

READ FULL ARTICLE from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center HERE .

Tammy-Kwan-285x300Tammy Kwan is the co-founder and CEO of Cognitive ToyBox (CTB). The company partners with developmental psychologists to build evidence-based learning apps for children under 5. CTB has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, and 4.0 Schools. Tammy holds an MBA from NYU Stern and a BA in Psychology from Stanford University. Follow her on Twitter: @tammykwan. Follow Cognitive ToyBox on Twitter: @cognitivetoyboxand Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cognitivetoybox/

 

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