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Product Code:  MCL/5 
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Book DetailsMSRI Mathematical Circles LibraryVolume: 5; 2011; 300 ppMSC: Primary 00; 97;
This book is a captivating account of a professional mathematician's experiences conducting a math circle for preschoolers in his apartment in Moscow in the 1980s. As anyone who has taught or raised young children knows, mathematical education for little kids is a real mystery. What are they capable of? What should they learn first? How hard should they work? Should they even “work” at all? Should we push them, or just let them be? There are no correct answers to these questions, and the author deals with them in classic mathcircle style: he doesn't ask and then answer a question, but shows us a problem—be it mathematical or pedagogical—and describes to us what happened. His book is a narrative about what he did, what he tried, what worked, what failed, but most important, what the kids experienced.
This book does not purport to show you how to create precocious high achievers. It is just one person's story about things he tried with a halfdozen young children. Mathematicians, psychologists, educators, parents, and everybody interested in the intellectual development in young children will find this book to be an invaluable, inspiring resource.
In the interest of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life, MSRI and the AMS are publishing books in the Mathematical Circles Library series as a service to young people, their parents and teachers, and the mathematics profession.ReadershipParents and teachers interested in working on math with young children.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Title page

Contents

Foreword to the American edition

Introduction

The first session: Narrative and reflections

The boys’ math circle, year one

Children and $(^5_2)$: The story of one problem

The boys’ math circle, year two

Notation, abstraction, mathematics, and language

The boys’ math circle, year three

The boys’ math circle, final six months

At home and in school

The girls’ math circle, year one

The girls’ math circle, year two

This is not an epilogue

Index of math, pedagogy, and psychology


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This book is a captivating account of a professional mathematician's experiences conducting a math circle for preschoolers in his apartment in Moscow in the 1980s. As anyone who has taught or raised young children knows, mathematical education for little kids is a real mystery. What are they capable of? What should they learn first? How hard should they work? Should they even “work” at all? Should we push them, or just let them be? There are no correct answers to these questions, and the author deals with them in classic mathcircle style: he doesn't ask and then answer a question, but shows us a problem—be it mathematical or pedagogical—and describes to us what happened. His book is a narrative about what he did, what he tried, what worked, what failed, but most important, what the kids experienced.
This book does not purport to show you how to create precocious high achievers. It is just one person's story about things he tried with a halfdozen young children. Mathematicians, psychologists, educators, parents, and everybody interested in the intellectual development in young children will find this book to be an invaluable, inspiring resource.
In the interest of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life, MSRI and the AMS are publishing books in the Mathematical Circles Library series as a service to young people, their parents and teachers, and the mathematics profession.
Parents and teachers interested in working on math with young children.

Chapters

Title page

Contents

Foreword to the American edition

Introduction

The first session: Narrative and reflections

The boys’ math circle, year one

Children and $(^5_2)$: The story of one problem

The boys’ math circle, year two

Notation, abstraction, mathematics, and language

The boys’ math circle, year three

The boys’ math circle, final six months

At home and in school

The girls’ math circle, year one

The girls’ math circle, year two

This is not an epilogue

Index of math, pedagogy, and psychology