Open Mathematics, open minds

nursery aged boy building with unit blocks

‘Imaginary play helps children to think beyond the literal, they can use a chair to be a pirate ship, even though the chair does not resemble a ship…play is crucial to children’s development of abstract concepts like mathematics,’ writes Elizabeth Carruthers, who has developed the concept of Open Mathematics to help young children understand maths.

Open Mathematics is ‘not neat and tidy.’ It draws on children’s interests and makes maths relevant to their play. ‘It involves deep-level learning and sometimes the chaos of thinking, refining and finding new mathematical ideas.’ Read the article.


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