We invited parents of 1 to 5-year-olds for an intimate Lunch and Learn event to share more about Singapore Math, the Dearest Math curriculum, and how Dearest sessions can promote the student’s development.
The first part of the event covered Singapore Math; how it became globally-recognized and why private and public schools in New York have started to adopt this curriculum. We also shared what our curriculum team found from comparative research that analyzed the difference between Singapore Math and the NY Common Core.
After conducting extensive research on early childhood Singapore Math, along with the help of experts in the field, we have designed the “Dearest Math Curriculum.” Dearest Math Curriculum uses the methods that made Singapore Math successful. It consists of a map of all the concepts a student needs to cover to build a strong foundation for early numeracy. Each concept contains interactive screen-free activity modules with tips for the educators to help the students master it. We gave the parents a sneak peek of how this will serve as a great tool for early numeracy learning and how our educators can help develop critical skills.
All our modules in the Dearest Math Curriculum are activities that promote problem-solving and are structured in the order that builds a strong foundation for math learning.
We demonstrated an activity from the curriculum called “Popsicle Numbers” wherein you pair each stick with the shapes or symbols with its matching numbers. Using just popsicle sticks and colored markers, you can practice one-to-one correspondence with your little one and even introduce geometrical concepts and colors! We also showed a “Block Pattern” activity using a manipulative toy, called MathLink cubes, which is designed for children to practice Math skills. As research shows that children with a better understanding of patterns tend to perform better in school, one of the themes we highlight in the Dearest Math Curriculum is pattern recognition. In this activity, you can start by encouraging your child to copy and extend a pattern then later move on to transferring patterns and practicing pattern unit recognition.
The Dearest Math Curriculum encourages repetition and one of its features is a tool our educators can use to guide the students to mastery. Truly, Math can be intimidating to some students but we are on a mission to change how they perceive the subject. We believe that introducing Mathematical terms and concepts early on would help them build a more positive relationship with it.
We closed the event by sharing what makes Dearest sessions special. Aside from having experienced early childhood educators, each session is planned and reported. We monitor your child’s development to suggest the right content for the interactive educational activities our Dearest educators would bring to your home. It becomes a collaborative effort among Dearest, the parents, and our educators.
We had a wonderful time getting to know the parents and taking the time to learn about their children as we believe that each child is unique – that’s why we have a community of passionate educators who are capable of customizing the experience for your little ones.