Mathematics in a child-centred curriculum

Learning mathematics

The child learns from the people and materials around him/her. It is experience of the social and physical world that is the source of concepts, ideas, facts and skills. Integration of these experiences is the vital ingredient. If the child is given the chance to manipulate, touch and see objects that help him/her to acquire an understanding of concepts, he/she will understand more effectively than if words and symbols are the only learning tools.

Often discovery learning alone will not be enough. The child needs guidance in formulating theories about what it is he/she is discovering. The child also needs help in developing the language for describing accurately what it is he/she is doing. The teacher and the child’s peers have a vital role to play in his/her educational experience. Yet ultimately it is the child who creates the balance between his/her knowledge and the knowledge of those around him/her.