CALENDAR TIME: What is DAP?

Moving Away from Calendar Time… WHY?

  • Math practices and instruction need to focus on the children’s understanding of concepts and their ability to explain their thinking.
  • Young children need to be able to use strategies to work with numbers one through five. They need to develop math fluency to five.
  •  Teaching a math skill once is not enough but we know that children need to do- to have their hands on- to learn.

National Education Association for Young Children states that children learn best through hands-on learning experiences and that developmentally appropriate practices include “teachers who “mathematize” children’s everyday experiences.

calendar and scheduleI was blessed to visit a couple of amazing Kindergarten classrooms in Tulsa, OK and was impressed by their calendar routine among many, many other experiences they are providing their students.

They are using a 7 day linear calendar to develop fluency with the number five. Also, so impressive that the Kindergarten classrooms use a visual schedule of their day to teach the concept of time- before and after.

For more information on ways to embed math using developmentally appropriate practices, see past blog https://journeyintoearlychildhood.com/2018/12/31/changing-calendar-time-to-be-dap/

LINEAR CALENDAR PIECES FOR HOME/SCHOOL and WEATHER DAP Calendar Time journeyintoearlychildhood.com

 

 

 

 

Author: DHonegger

Debra S. Honegger has worked in multiple areas of education- both general education and special education- as teacher, consultant, administrator and instructional coach- with ages from birth through adult. However, no matter where she is or what her title, she holds a firm belief in meeting the needs of each individual child while coming together as a community of learners.

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