The Early Learning–Kindergarten team should plan programs that build on children’s intuitive knowledge of mathematics and make use of real-life contexts. The programs should allow children to explore mathematics and to communicate in meaningful ways with both team members and the children’s peers. The team should select learning materials that are appropriate for the level of the children’s understanding and the focus of the learning expectations. Children should be encouraged to identify, explore, and discuss mathematics in books that they read, in situations that occur in the classroom (e.g., finding ways of making sure that all children have a place to put their boots), and in situations outside the classroom (e.g., identifying shapes or numbers while on a walk). Early Learning–Kindergarten teams should continually help children clarify what they already know and what they need to do next. On a daily basis, the team can model the formulation of mathematical problems, pose questions, and provide opportunities for children to pose questions, and then provide time for investigating possible answers and solutions.
The Full Day Early Learning Program Draft Document p.20