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Susan Sperry Smith began her career by working in the projects on the West Side of Chicago and teaching first grade. Later, she received her master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and eventually taught severely disabled children, ages 6-17, in a small town in Indiana. Thereafter, she moved to Milwaukee and completed her PhD in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and teaching junior high boys with learning disabilities for the Milwaukee Public Schools.
While at Cardinal Stritch University, Smith designed and taught the course, “Math for Young Children.” Half the semester was spent in an actual clinical setting where her students gained authentic experience by teaching in a local city school. Throughout her career, she led seminars and workshops on early childhood mathematics in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. She also attended a plethora of workshops on Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) sponsored by the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After twenty-six years of university teaching, she retired to Green Valley, AZ, to research and write.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Foundations, Principles, and Standards
Chapter 2: Planning for Success: A Good Beginning
Chapter 3: Assessment
Chapter 4: The Language of Math: Communication and Representation
Chapter 5: Early Math Concepts: Matching, Classification, Comparing and Ordering or Seriation
Chapter 6: Developing Number Sense
Chapter 7: Understanding Our Place Value System
Chapter 8: Data Analysis: Graphing and Probability
Chapter 9: Early Algebra: Pattern and Function
Chapter 10: Problem Solving: Addition and Subtraction
Chapter 11: Problem Solving: Multiplication and Division
Chapter 12: Geometry: Space and Shape
Chapter 13: Measurement
Chapter 14: Thematic Units and The Project Approach