Abstract / Synopsis
Parents and educators have powerful opportunities to introduce children to big mathematical ideas, when those ideas become necessary. Children are capable and curious. They don’t need to be sheltered from big mathematical ideas. Bring out mathematical ideas when kids are ready, or when they are needed. This article describes one such instance, when I helped my six-year-old son move beyond zero in the negative direction when subtracting.
Matthew Oldridge, "Mathematics Out Of Nothing: Talking About Powerful Mathematical Ideas With Children," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 9 Issue 2 (July 2019), pages 250-257. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201902.17. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol9/iss2/17